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Rodgers: Don't judge us yet

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says critics should wait until the last two months of the season before passing judgement on his team.

Liverpool have been very inconsistent in the Premier League this season with their last two matches - woeful in defeat to Stoke, excellent in beating QPR - encapsulating their form.

Many have been quick to point out there does not appear to have been much progress made since last term.

But Rodgers - who will be back in the dugout against Sunderland on Wednesday after missing the QPR trip with illness - is confident there is time yet to improve things.

"This is a period of time where you have to keep your head down and work hard and give the players every chance to perform," he said.

"The second half of the season, and in particular the last 10 games, I believe you are working to because that is the business end when things are decided.

"When you arrive at that period you want to get yourself in a good position to challenge, whether that is in the league or cup competitions.

"We can still achieve our objectives this season so when you can do that going into the second part of the season it gives you real hope."