Brendan Rodgers: My Liverpool team would never surround the referee

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has stated that his team will always do all they can to win, but there is a certain line that shall never cross with the manager referring to Chelsea’s conduct against Paris Saint Germain.

The Chelsea team have come under intense criticism this week regarding the way they hounded the ref to get Zlatan Ibrahimovic sent off for what seemed a legitimate challenge.

Rodgers explained that he always expects a certain level of conduct from his team on the pitch, despite being groomed as a coach at Chelsea under Jose Mourinho.

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“People might call it naïve but I call it respect,” Liverpool told reporters (via Liverpool Echo).

“We will do everything we can to win, of course. But for me there is always a line I would never want my teams to cross and the behaviour of them on the field will demonstrate that, in every team I take.

“So we want to be super-competitive and want to win and do everything to win. There is a line of behaviour I would never ask any of my teams to cross and I think you see that in how they play and how they work.”

In terms of philosophy, Rodgers has always been intent on stressing that he likes his teams doing things differently to what he experienced at Chelsea, especially the way they play football.

Whether or not the mentality Rodgers wants to instil in Liverpool can bring the magnitude of success Jose Mourinho can boast remains to be seen.

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