Liverpool FC, for 24 hours at least, can move back to the top of the table with victory over Crystal Palace
The Anfield outfit can move back to the top of the table for at least 24 hours with victory over promoted Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon.
However, Rodgers’ side have underwhelmed for large periods of matches and hadn’t scored a second-half goal until Luis Suarez’s 89th-minute strike in the 3-1 win at Sunderland last Sunday.
And the Liverpool manager admits he has not been satisfied with the manner of his team’s performances.
“There is still a bit to go,” said Rodgers. “What I am over the moon with is the appetite of the players and how hard they are working.
“But we have to keep wanting to progress otherwise you just become content with winning games.
“I am not the type of coach that is happy just to win games. I knew that from an early stage in my managerial career.
“I had just got in at Watford as manager and we beat Swansea 2-0. They were on a great run and had just drawn with Fulham in the Cup.
“We won the game 2-0 and it got voted performance of the week but it was probably the worst I felt after a game.
“We played counter-attack football, which was okay, but I worry because I like my teams to control the game and the ball and be aggressive with it. I always worry that we can play well.”
Rodgers added: “I like to win games but I am not necessarily someone that likes to win games in any way.
“I like to win games because I worry about the football that we play. I worry about us performing well. If you want to be a big team, you have got to play well.”
Until Suarez’s late effort at the Stadium of Light, all of Liverpool’s previous Premier League victories had been earned by a solitary first-half Daniel Sturridge goal.
The win ended a run of three without victory in all competitions, and Rodgers added: “There have been games where we can be better, and that is why we work every day to improve that.
“The great thing is that the players want to improve, which is important.
“If we are sat where we are in the league winning games, with the record that we have had over the past number of months, then it shows we are on the right track.”
Liverpool slumped to a 1-0 defeat against Southampton in their last home game, a result that prompted Rodgers to introduce a change of formation to three centre-backs with the returning Suarez partnering Sturridge in attack.
Rodgers is confident there will no repeat of the Saints setback, and said: “There is a real determination for us to compete.
“I think the great credit to this team is that we have always looked to bounce back and not dwell on it too much. You can’t afford to do that in modern football, you know?
“There was a real disappointment from that game but we are ready for it, as we were against Sunderland. If we can finish the weekend on 16 points out of 21, it will have been an excellent start.
“The beauty will also be knowing that we can still play a lot better.”
With Lucas Leiva serving a one-match for picking up five bookings already this season, Jordan Henderson is poised to move into a central midfield role.
Raheem Sterling could start in a right flank role should Rodgers persist with the 3-4-1-2 formation, although there is scope for pushing Kolo Toure out wide to accommodate Daniel Agger, benched at Sunderland last weekend, in a three-man back line.