Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson pleased with character of his players in 3-1 win over Napoli

Kop boss singles out Gerrard for special praise...

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson was ecstatic with his team's second half performance and lavished praise on his captain Steven Gerrard, who helped inspire the side to a 3-1 win over Italian side Napoli.  

The former Fulham manager believes his side were unlucky to be a goal down at half time but insisted his players had displayed fantastic signs of character to turn the match on its head.

The victory, Liverpool’s third in succession, ensured that they remain unbeaten in the competition and should ensure that confidence is sky high ahead of Chelsea’s visit on Sunday.

“I thought we were very unlucky to be down 1-0 at half time, we didn’t play as well as we can but it was obviously just a blatant mistake which cost us the goal”, Hodgson told Channel Five.

“I thought we showed an awful lot of character and determination in the second half. It was really playing towards just one goal for long periods.

“It took some Steven Gerrard magic and most importantly some Steven Gerrard courage and determination, which I think epitomised our second half performance.

 “He was the catalyst of that for me.”

“The character of the team is always being tested but I think we are meeting the challenge. They are all tough games but this is three wins on the spin which is important.”

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