Toure Compares Rodgers To Wenger: Is That Good?

It may seem like a back-handed compliment to suggest Brendan Rodgers, in an hour of need, has something of Arsene Wenger about him.

Kolo-Toure-LiverpoolWhen that comparison is drawn by someone who is referring not to the Wenger of 2014 who seems paralysed by a refusal to address chronic, perennial failings, but the classic vintage of a decade ago, then it seems rather more encouraging.

Kolo Toure has won titles under the Arsenal manager and Italian hot head Roberto Mancini, but it is his Gunners’ mentor who will always command the most respect and admiration from the defender who missed only one game in the incredible Invincibles season of 2003-04.

A Look At Liverpool’s Center Back Options

With Liverpool’s poor defensive record this season, we take a look at the stats of the first choice centre-backs pairings under Brendan Rodgers during his time as a Premier League manager.

Allen praises Liverpool improvement and Lambert impact

JoeAllenLiverpool midfielder Joe Allen believes the scrappy 2-2 draw against Bulgarian minnows Ludogorets can be an unlikely platform on which to rebuild their season. The point kept alive the Reds’ hopes of making the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League, which now goes down to a must-win match at home to Basel in a fortnight, but the result may be just as significant in helping get their domestic campaign back on track.

Manager Brendan Rodgers told the players they had to start afresh in Bulgaria after a morale-sapping four-match losing streak, and despite conceding an 88th-minute equaliser, having turned things around from letting in a third-minute opener, Allen insists there are positives to be taken from the match.

Brendan Rodgers happy with a point!

br-liverpoolLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists he is more than happy to have their Champions League fate in their own hands despite a disappointing 2-2 draw against Ludogorets.

Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet’s blunder allowed Dani Abalo to score in the third minute but Rickie Lambert’s second in as many games and a Jordan Henderson strike turned things around before the break only for Georgi Terziev to nick an equaliser at the death.

The late goal meant little to the Reds’ requirements as they would still have to had to beat Basle whatever the outcome on Wednesday night after the Swiss lost to Real Madrid.

This Is Not The Liverpool Of Paisley, Fagan And Rafa

bob-paisley-eurocupsIn the late 70’s and early 80’s, Liverpool football club became known around the world after winning four European Cups when Bob Paisley and Joe Fagan led the Reds to four European titles in eight years.

Today in Bulgaria, a team that is a shadow of those great European teams could not hold onto a lead against Ludogorets, meaning that they need to beat Basel at Anfield next month to ensure that Brendan Rodgers side is still playing European football next year.

Rodgers Feels That Gerrard Criticism Is Unfair

rodgers-gerrardLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers accepts captain Steven Gerrard is no longer the player he once was, but he insists it is wrong to write him off entirely.

Gerrard’s has been poor this season, but the Liverpool boss defended himself against accusations he has continued to select the ex-England midfielder on reputation alone.

“I judge Steven on merit. I think the spotlight he has been under is incredible. Everything for us is based around being a team,” said Rodgers.

“If people are expecting Steven Gerrard to be the type of player he was 10 years ago that is sadly not the case.

Henderson Aiming For Champions League Last 16

jordan-hendersonJordan Henderson is targeting two wins as Liverpool bid to end their losing run and secure a place in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Last season’s Premier League runners-up have been beaten in their last four games in all competitions and, since defeating Ludogorets in September, they have lost to Basel and Real Madrid, twice, in Europe to leave them only three points from four matches.

And while Liverpool may not need two victories to secure a top-two finish, vice-captain Henderson is vowing they will do their utmost to beat Ludogorets in Sofia on Wednesday and then Basel at Anfield in December.

Rodgers demands more aggression from Liverpool

BR-ShanksBrendan Rodgers says Liverpool must become more aggressive to salvage a season in danger of falling apart after four successive defeats.

Liverpool slipped to 12th in the Premier League after losing 3-1 at Crystal Palace on Sunday, leading the manager to admit that he was not safe from the sack.

Sources have told ESPN FC that Rodgers’ job is safe as Fenway Sports Group, the club’s American owners, have no plans to review his position. But Rodgers, who signed a new four-year contract in the summer after guiding the club to second place in the Premier League last season, is aware that results have to improve.

Jamie Carragher says the Reds lack leadership this season

gerrard-carragherJamie Carragher was disbelieving at Liverpool’s lack of leadership and claims their capitulation at Crystal Palace is part of a wider problem at the club.

The former Reds central defender watched Brendan Rodgers’ side blow a lead at Selhurst Park on Sunday.
It means Liverpool have now won just two Premier League games since August and find themselves marooned in the bottom half.

And Carragher left no stoned unturned on dissecting the 3-1 defeat on Sky Sports.

Rodgers Admits He Is Fighting For His Job

br-liverpoolBrendan Rodgers admitted he is fighting to save his job after Liverpool’s disastrous 3-1 defeat at Crystal Palace.

Rodgers admitted he has held talks with Liverpool’s American owners over a dramatic slump in form that has left them 18 points behind Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea.

Former Liverpool defender and Sportsmail columnist Jamie Carragher was scathing in his assessment of the performance and labelled the team ‘mentally, physically weak’. He also claimed they lack ‘leadership’.

Rodgers, who later hinted at issues within the dressing room, admitted: ‘I’m not arrogant enough to think I am safe from anything.