Brendan Rodgers talks about Liverpool’s current run in the Premier League and tactical decisions taken this season.
Second place in the Premier League isn’t something Liverpool fans are familiar with in the recent past. However, that is exactly where Brendan Rodgers finds his team six games into the Premier League season. With changes afoot at Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City, Liverpool have taken advantage of a settled start to the season and now sit two points behind league leaders Arsenal ahead of their clash against Crystal Palace. It should be an easy game for the Reds and Rodgers sounded confident ahead of the game in a press conference at Liverpool’s Melwood Training Ground.
He sounded particularly satisfied with his team’s current run of form:
“We’re just enjoying working well at the moment. The beauty for me is we’ve still got a lot of improvement to make.
“Ive always asked teams to control the ball, dominate the ball, be aggressive in your defending and press really aggressively and high up the pitch”. “But that can be in whatever system. The system is irrelevant.
“There’s lots of areas we can be better at, but we have that confidence and belief at the moment.”
Although this should be a straightforward win for Liverpool at Anfield, Rodgers knew better than to take the opposition for granted:
“Every game is a very, very difficult game. It’s a competitive League. They’ve done brilliant to get promoted and Ian’s an excellent manager.
“It will be a really difficult game. Again, treat it like a Cup Final, work hard.
“We’ve gained consistency, we just need to increase that level of performance. Our reaction since the defeat to Southampton has been very good.”
Rodgers also talked about the 3-5-2 system that they have been using sporadically for about a year now. He thinks this kind of formation suits their play:
“We looked at it last season, we’ve tried it in training. It can be a system that works for us, it can be a system that works for us, it gives us numbers going forward. It’s a system that the players can flip to quite easily.”
Rodgers went on to talk about Jordan Henderson, Simon Mignolet and Lucas Leiva and their contributions to the team:
“His (Henderson’s) versatility is a compliment. I’ve been so impressed. Jordan’s become better and better. At the end of last season he played as a false winger on the left.
“Jordan’s got quality and he’s enjoying playing.”
On Simon Mignolet:
“Any good team always has a top goalkeeper.” “He’s (Mignolet) going to be very very important for us, he’ll save us points this year.”
“He’s (Lucas) started the season well. He’s been very committed. We will give someone else an opportunity (because of his one match ban in Liverpool’s last match)”
On injuries, Rodgers said Glen Johnson, who has been out since sustaining a high ankle sprain in the victory over Manchester United last month should return to full training after the forthcoming international break. Joe Allen should be back for the trip to Newcastle on 19th October and Philippe Coutinho should be back in training next week. He could make his comeback in the game against West Brom on October 26th.