Adam: Hearts game perfect preparation

Charlie Adam
Charlie Adam says Liverpool are back on the up after their 3-0 opening day defeat at West Brom. Photo: PA

Charlie Adam believes Liverpool's win at Hearts has set them up perfectly for a shot at Premier League champions Manchester City on Sunday.

Liverpool won 1-0 at Tynecastle in the Europa League last night, just the result manager Brendan Rodgers was looking for after last weekend's 3-0 defeat at West Brom.

New boss Rodgers came in for some criticism after the hiding at the Hawthorns but was confident enough to travel to the first leg of their play-off in Edinburgh without Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez, Martin Skrtel and Glen Johnson.

Liverpool wobbled a few times in front of a passionate home crowd, but an own goal by Scotland defender Andy Webster after the break gave the visitors a useful advantage going into the second leg next week.

And, according to Reds midfielder Adam, it is the ideal boost ahead of the visit of City.

"I think that was the biggest thing (about the win)," said the Scotland international. "We bounced back from losing the game at the weekend, which everyone was disappointed with.

"We knew it was going to be a difficult tie but we came through it, we won 1-0 and we look forward to Sunday now.

"The champions are coming to Anfield but they know they will be in as hard a game against us, as we know that we are going to have against them.

"Man City are a top team with top players but we have good players as well so we are looking forward to it, it will be a big match.

"We will recover and then sit down on Saturday and see where it takes us.

"We know if we play to the top of our capabilities we will have a right good chance to win the match."

Former Rangers player Adam was jeered by the Hearts fans but shrugged that off and insisted that Liverpool were well worth their win.

"It was good to be back," Adam said. "When you leave Scotland, it is not very often you get the chance to come back and play against Scottish clubs.

"It was a good game and a good victory, I think it was fairly justified.

"We controlled large parts of the game and passed the ball really well and probably could have nicked one before half-time.

"But over the piece we are happy and we are looking forward to the next leg."

Adam, who was an unused substitute against West Brom, played the full 90 minutes last night and reiterated his desire to stay at Liverpool despite being linked with Everton, Fulham and Stoke.

The playmaker was asked if he was still keen to stay under Rodgers.

"Of course I am," he said. "I still have three years left on my contract, I am happy here and I am looking forward to the rest of the season.

"This is a great club to be part of and a new era started under a new manager and I want to be part of it.

"It is going to take time but we look forward to the rest of the season and try to play the way he wants us to play and hopefully we can get the results."