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RODGERS SAYS POOL STILL HAVE GOALS IN THEM

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes that his team have plenty of goals in them post Luis Suarez.

Suarez, who has joined Barcelona, scored 31 of his team's 101 Premier League goals last season.

Speaking after his side's 1-0 win over Olympiakos in the International Champions Cup in Chicago yesterday morning (Singapore time), Rodgers said that he had already seen enough to be confident in his team's attack.

Raheem Sterling scored the only goal against Olympiakos, with Daniel Sturridge and new signing Lazar Markovic also starting.

"I see it in the players that scored 70-odd goals last season. It's very simple," said Rodgers after the match.

"Luis Suarez isn't a Liverpool player, so I don't need to talk about or reference Luis Suarez.

"I'll just worry about the players I have, who showed in enough games last season and the season before, when we didn't have Luis, that we can score goals. That won't be an issue."

Rodgers said that Sturridge, who scored 21 league goals in 2013-14, is ready to take another step up, while he also praised Sterling and Markovic.

"I've seen a difference in Daniel since he came back," he said. "He has obviously got confidence from the World Cup and his season last year. I think he's ready to take on the mantle. He got 20-odd goals last season, so he's a striker of great value.

"Markovic will only get better and better. He showed great strength when he burst through and hopefully later on when he picks up that speed and sharpness in his game, he'll go on and finish that.

"We've got good speed. Raheem Sterling is always a threat - he's a joy to watch. I thought those three were really exciting."

Rodgers added that he was delighted with his team's progress, insisting the focus was still on fitness.

"I was very pleased," the Northern Irishman said. "Some of our players who had only been back for a week or so got 45 to 60 minutes. Overall, I was delighted."

Liverpool will next face Manchester City, the side that pipped them to the Premier League title last term by two points, on Thursday morning at New York's Yankee Stadium.

- Wire Services.