Rodgers defends Liverpool’s “lazy” defense and shrugs off title talk
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers lambasted against critics who called his side’s defense “lazy”. The Anfield boss believes his team has maintained a standard, although they have succumbed to some mistakes defensively.
Liverpool will continue with their title hunt on Wednesday night against Sunderland at Anfield. After thrashing the relegation-threatened Cardiff City to a 6-3 defeat, Liverpool are expected to record another big win over the Premier League minnow Sunderland.
Rodgers’ team is currently the leading goalscoring side in the Premier League. The win over Cardiff has taken their tally to 82 in the Premier League so far. It has kept them afloat at second position, four points behind the leaders Chelsea and with a game in hand.
The Reds have a superb attack undoubtedly, but their defense has been under fire far too often this season. Rodgers has tried over 20 different combinations this season to find a solid defensive line.
Liverpool have conceded a total 38 league goals this season, which is the most any team has conceded in the top four. Rodgers’ attempts at finding stability at the back have so far resulted in futility.
Since the retirement of vice-captain and defender Jamie Carragher, Rodgers has failed to find an experienced defender with organizational skills and qualities of a leader. Rodgers maintains that the real problem is that his side is giving away goals too easily.
“It’s easy for people to label us as a team who concede cheap goals. It’s lazy,” Rodgers said. “When I arrived, the accusation was that we didn’t score enough goals. Now it’s that we concede too many, or the squad is too small.”
Rodgers once again shrugged off talk about Liverpool winning the Premier League title, the club’s first league title since 1990. The Anfield boss suggested that he was happy to have provided with the hope of winning the title, but actually lifting it would be very difficult.
“We’re just really enjoying our football,” Rodgers added. “We’ve got a hell of a long way to go, but we’re certainly making strides. It may or may not be this year but there’s no doubt we’re on the right road.”
Rodgers further said that Liverpool had adopted a game to game approach till the end of the season and they will assess their position before every game before taking a bold step and calling themselves title contenders.