Football: Rodgers pleased with Liverpool's win over Hull and Suarez's dedication
(REUTERS) - Liverpool have beaten arch-rivals Manchester United and thumped big-spending Tottenham Hotspur this season but manager Brendan Rodgers believed yesterday's 2-0 success over Hull City was their best of the campaign.
Daniel Agger's 36th-minute header and Luis Suarez's peach of a free-kick five minutes after half-time secured all three points for Rodgers' side, who had lost their last two English Premier League matches away at Manchester City and Chelsea.
The victory, against a Hull side that trounced relegation candidates Fulham 6-0 last time out, moved them up to fourth in the table.
"I said to the players afterwards that I thought that was our best win of the season," Rodgers told reporters.
"In a lot of games, we've been vibrant and had great energy, scored goals and performed well, as well as won games.
"But on the back of the games that we've had over this period and to play with a lot of the same players against a team that won their last Barclays Premier League game 6-0, we knew that we were going to have to tough it out today and dig in.
"We might not have always been at our best, but we got two great goals, created, had other opportunities and actually restricted Hull to no shots on target so I'm very, very pleased with today because it was a great victory for us."
Rodgers said Suarez almost did not make the lineup because of injury.
"Nine out of 10 players would not have played today. He had a real bad knock on the top of his foot he had from the Chelsea game.
"He had a big strapping on it and he put himself out there for the team yet again and that's why he gets the goals that he does, because he's so determined."
Next up is an FA Cup third-round tie at home to lower league Oldham Athletic on Sunday before they travel to Stoke City in the league.