Brendan Rodgers and Steven Gerrard have praised Liverpool's recent form and called on the Reds to maintain the momentum going forward. The Anfield club had a difficult start to the season, failing to win any of the first five Premier League games and Rodgers, who only took charge in the summer, seemed to have an impossible task on hand.

Steven Gerrard

The Merseyside club's fortunes were not improved by a botched transfer season that saw them lose transfer targets Moussa Dembele and Clint Dempsey to Tottenham and start the campaign with only two senior strikers; one of whom, summer signing Fabio Borini, fractured his foot, leaving only Uruguayan Luis Suárez up front. Their third forward, England international Andy Carroll, was loaned out to West Ham.

However, the club have now recorded three consecutive wins (for the first time this season) and the weekend's hard fought win over West Ham United, at Upton Park, is an excellent omen for fans.

"For us there was no drama. My focus since I came here has been about the collective. We're just trying to build momentum. We had a difficult opening fixture list and when you couple that with trying to play a certain way of football, it was always going to be difficult," the former Swansea City manager explained to the club's official Web site after the game.

"But certainly over the last few weeks we have progressed - let's just see how we finish. This is one of the biggest clubs in world football and everyone knows where it should be," he continued, adding, "We're making steady progress in climbing the league and that's important for us. It's a very tight league this season. We've supposedly had an unbelievably bad season up until now, so once we really hit form we'll be alright."

Similar sentiments were echoed by club captain and legend Steven Gerrard, who was eager to stress the team needed to build on this form.

"I'm really pleased with the lads. It was a fantastic performance. We're building slowly towards where we want to be. We've got two home games now against Aston Villa and Fulham. If we can capitalise and make it 12 points out of 12 then we will find ourselves a lot closer to fourth," the 32 year old told the Liverpool Echo.

Meanwhile, Liverpool's next game is on 15 December, when struggling Aston Villa travel to Anfield. The Reds have also qualified for the knock-out stages of the UEFA Europa League and will know the identity of their opponents after the draw on 20 December.