Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool career has been on a downward spiral, especially after the indifferent start to the new season. Liverpool’s draw against Norwich was met with boos from the home fans who seems to have lost patience with Brendan Rodgers’ team.
Liverpool seemed to have found the breakthrough after Danny Ings scored his first goal for the club. However, the Reds allowed Norwich back into the game after defender Russell Martin slotted home an equalizer.
Despite Liverpool’s recent poor run of form, manager Brendan Rodgers was quick to point out the positives of his team’s performance against Norwich. The Northern Irishman expressed his frustration with Liverpool FC TV.
“Disappointed and frustrated with the result, but I thought in particular in the second half, there were a lot more signs of our fluency and creativity. In the first half, we were a bit static, I felt, we had the ball in decent positions but probably the movement in front of the ball wasn’t as we would like.”
Liverpool welcomed Daniel Sturridge back after his long term recuperation in the United States. Sturridge started and,was almost handed his first goal of the season if not for the well timed save by Norwich’s John Ruddy before being substituted halfway through the second half.
“I felt it was important to get him on the field and he did well for the hour he played..He’s still a way off his full fitness, but his presence and stature in the game will always give us hope because he’s got big quality. It’s just about games for him and building his fitness – and there’s no pressure for him to do that.”
Christian Benteke was also substituted in the match on Sunday, another unfortunate injury for Liverpool. Brendan Rodgers is already without captain Jordan Henderson and explained that he could not risk the Belgian’s fitness despite his recent form.
“His hamstring felt a little bit tight so there was no point in risking it. We had fresh players on the side.”
Liverpool is set to take on League Two outfit Carlisle in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday. Brendan Rodgers is not expected to start a full strength team and knows that a win against Carlisle will not ease pressure from his team however, a loss could make it that much more difficult for Rodgers to reassure the Anfield faithful that he is the right man for the job.
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