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Liverpool's character and resilience lands narrow win over Burnley

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers praised his side for showing fight to land a 1-0 win at Burnley on Boxing Day.

The Reds were well below par in the first half at Turf Moor but improved considerably in the second lot of 45 minutes to grab three points on the road thanks to Raheem Sterling's 62nd-minute goal.

After the match, which lifted Liverpool to ninth on the table, Rodgers spoke of his side's desire to work hard in order to gain a vital victory to end a three-game winless streak.

"We didn't play too well in the first half but we defended well, got our blocks in, stopped crosses and it didn't come into the box," he said.

"I thought in terms of our character and resilience in the game we showed outstanding qualities when needed.

"There weren't many chances but the one clear one that came to us we put it away. We deserved three points for the character we showed."

Liverpool will now look forward to hosting seventh-placed Swansea City at Anfield on Monday night.

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