The Northern Irishman believes the Nigerian winger is still learning to deal with the expectation levels at Anfield, but has no intention of terminating his loan early
The Nigeria international has started just six Premier League games since joining on loan from Chelsea, and was recently withdrawn at the interval of Liverpool's 2-0 FA Cup win over Oldham Athletic following an under-par first-half display.
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"There will be no cancelling the loan - Victor and I have spoken a couple of times this week and I explained my reasons for taking him off," Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo.
"He has been excellent since then, I have seen a real marked difference in terms of his performance.
"It's not easy when you come to a big club.
"You come from a really good club like Chelsea to a massive club like Liverpool where there is expectancy every day. For any player to go into a big club there is a big difference in terms of mentality.
"He's a good kid and I'm delighted to have him here. I've got no doubt that over the course of time here he will show his talent - I still expect him to make a big contribution in the second half of the season."