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Liverpool boss Rodgers full of praise for Southampton's Adkins

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is expecting victory against Southampton.

Rodgers praised the newly-promoted side and their manager, Nigel Adkins, but stressed that Liverpool are thinking of nothing other than three points.

He said: "It will be a tough game. Nigel has done a terrific job - he's like a lot of British managers who have had to earn the right to come into the Barclays Premier League through a promotion.

"In the last few games, they have had good results. They are a team that like to play and pass and they'll come with freedom. But like the Wigan game, our expectancy and objective is to win the game.

"As a football club there's no big hooray at getting into the top half. This is a club that needs to be near the top of the league. Every step with a win is a positive step. The quicker we climb places with three points, that's our objective."

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