Rodgers blames lack of depth reason for Liverpool’s defeat to Man Utd
Brendan Rodgers reckons the fundamental difference between Manchester United and Liverpool is greater squad depth in Sir Alex Ferguson’s side. After experiencing a 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford against Manchester United, Brendan Rodgers praised his men for matching Manchester United for quality.
The former Swansea City manager believes Liverpool can challenge for a top four spot quite soon, but the club will have to sign in more top drawer players in the next couple of transfer windows.
“We're 24 points behind United - but we're not 24 points behind [in terms of] quality,” Brendan Rodgers said. “The points difference is due to the squad. The depth in the squads is the difference for us.
“Once we close the gap in the squad over these coming windows, I've got great faith we'll be able to challenge. I've seen enough hope in these opening months to suggest we will do that - and today was another example of it.”
Brendan Rodgers signed in Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea for £12 million just a couple of days ago. The young England international has been in impressive form for Liverpool since his arrival at the Merseyside club.
Daniel Sturridge has scored two goals in two appearances for Liverpool. Brendan Rodgers claims this is just the beginning of a very fruitful season for the young striker.
The Northern Irishman had a couple of attacking options on the bench for first time in months against Manchester United. Injuries and lack of attacking options have turned out to be the basic reason behind Liverpool’s lack of success in recent months.
Nonetheless, Raheem Sterling and the return of Fabio Borini will help Brendan Rodgers’s cause in the rest of the season. Fabio Borini came off the bench for Liverpool to make his first appearance in three months for Liverpool against Manchester United on Sunday.
“It's the first time this season we've had our goal scorers on the field. Borini was bright when he came on and moved inside well. It gives us great hope,” Brendan Rodgers continued.
Brendan Rodgers confessed it will be difficult to field Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Fabio Borini in the same team, but their versatility will make his cause easier.
“What we've got in those players is that they're all flexible. Fabio can play through the middle or off the side. We've seen Suarez playing central all season, but he's played off the side during his career, and likewise Daniel,” Brendan Rodgers added.
“It's about getting good players onto the field who can fit into the model and the structure. The shape of the team you shouldn't see so much when you've got the ball - it's more when you haven't got it.”