Premier League: Brendan Rodgers expects Liverpool to climb table

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Brendan Rodgers insists he is not overly concerned by Liverpool's inconsistent start to the season.

Twelve months ago the Reds had collected 10 points from their first four matches, compared to six this season.

Defensively there have been lapses while half of their six league goals came in a 3-0 win at Tottenham but the Northern Irishman is looking at a longer-term aim, encouraged by the return to the Champions League and the 2-1 victory over Bulgaria champions Ludogorets at Anfield.

Brendan Rodgers has suggested his Liverpool side will improve as the season goes on as new signings get used to the club.

"There's no magic formula, it's just constant work on the training field," added Rodgers, ahead of Saturday evening's trip to West Ham.

"I remember this time last year, we were sat in press conferences and the questions I was getting asked were about whether we were going to be able to score goals. We ended up with 101 goals.

"It's just time and patience with players. The way we were playing in March, April and May last season we weren't playing that way last September. It'll be the same this year.

"I've always said by the time the second part of the season comes, we'll always be stronger and better.

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"The Tottenham game we were outstanding but had a poor international break because we lost a number of our players and that upset our rhythm a bit coming into the Villa game (a 1-0 defeat last weekend), where we had to change our structure.

"Against Aston Villa, we weren't at our level in the final third. They defended well and got the result, but we moved on from that.

"We've got players adapting to a different country, not just a new team, so naturally that takes that little bit more time.

"I've been really pleased with how the players have settled in and experience tells me they'll get better."

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