All is not well at Liverpool and it’s certainly showing. After club legend Jamie Carragher criticized the team for their lack of character following the 3-1 loss against Crystal Palace, manager Brendan Rodgers claimed has hit back to the former defender.
Rodgers who now oversees his side take on Ludogorets in a crucial Champions League tie at Bulgaria said that the Reds will show their character like they did last season.Carragher who now works as television pundit for Sky Sports had said that this beloved club has no leadership on the field and that they were being bullied by the opposition on the pitch.
In response Rodgers claimed: “We hear criticism of the team but this team has character, it showed it last season. It has shown it’s got resilience. Okay, we concede more than we would like at times but you can’t question the character”.
“That can’t be criticised. We have players who’ve shown they have spirit but when you don’t get victories it affects confidence and you don’t perform quite as good. My job is to keep instilling that confidence.”
Is Carragher right to criticize Liverpool: Well, you can’t prove him wrong can you? Liverpool have failed to build from their last season exploits and currently lie 12th in the table with just 14 points from 12 games. However, its’ not the fact that the Reds are being beaten. What matter is the manner in which they are losing. The Anfield side have rarely dominated sides and look extremely fragile at the back. Moreover Steven Gerrard is also accountable for his sloppiness in front of the back four. Injuries have also played a part for Liverpool’s poor start this season, but there is absolutely no excuses for the absence of mental strength to win games.
What next for Rodgers: He is certainly felling the heat and as Soccerlens’ deputy Editor Saikat mentioned, the manager needs to lead Liverpool to a victory tonight in Bulgaria. The Reds need to get a favourable result to keep themselves in the hunt for a knockout berth in Europe’s elite club competition. Anything less than a draw or a victory would mean the clash against Basel is inconsequential.