The under-pressure Reds boss has revealed that he’s not surprised by his side’s shaky start.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted that he expected Liverpool to have a tough start to the season, and that the club’s performance in all competitions has not surprised him.
Speaking ahead of today’s crucial game against Newcastle, Rodgers told the press that he expected this slow start in the wake of his side’s summer upheaval.
“We lost a a world-class talent and the nautral progress of the team was halted, so we needed the squad rebuilt… I think where we are is what was expected,” rodgers is quoted as saying by ESPN.
Liverpool fans may not agree with Rodgers that performances have been up to scratch. While it may be true that the squad underwent major changes in the summer transfer window, some fans doubt it’s simply a case of players needing time to gel.
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Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli, the striking options brought in to replace Luis Suarez, have both come under fire for poor performances.
Equally, the club spent more than £45m on Southampton pair Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana. Lovren has been dreadful since the moment he arrived at Anfield, while Lallana has not performed well enough either.
Lazar Markovic, the dyanmic attacking midfielder bought for £20m has yet to show any of the talent that had half of Europe’s clubs chasing him.