Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool faces West Brom in the league on Saturday. The Reds have failed to build any sort of momentum and come into this game after a midweek loss to Switzerland and have also failed to win their last three Premier League matches.
The Reds need to win their upcoming game as they look to get three crucial points before the international break. Anything less that a win would put the Merseyside team in a very uncomfortable position.
Rodgers was visibly frustrated in the pre-match conference and addressed the media regarding his view of Liverpool’s sub-par beginning to the season.
“At this moment, we’re having a difficult moment – we’re nowhere near what we’ve been. But that’s the great challenge for the players and I. We’ll look at it even harder, analyse it more,” said the Northern Irishman.
“But we just need to ensure that we keep it simple and ensure that we keep to the values and ethics of this team, which is about hard work and honesty and concentrating on our performance. It’s an exciting challenge. This is still an incredible job – nothing has changed. The first six months was difficult here and then for 18 months we were on a magic ride in terms of performance level and everything improving. It’s been fantastic.
“There was big change here in the summer. We lost a world-class player. We had to improve the squad by bringing in a number of players and, unfortunately for us, we’ve lost a number of our key players [through injury]. So, unfortunately, it brings us into a little period of transition again. Ideally for me it would have been a case of keeping the squad that we had and then adding a few bodies to that to pad it up and thicken up the squad.
“But it wasn’t the case. We lost a player, unfortunately, but we’ve gone into a little bit of transition again. It’s something that was difficult in the first few months when I got here. But the beauty of that period is that we saw the vision and the ideas that came out of the other side.”
Despite an injury list that includes Daniel Sturridge, Joe Allen, Emre Can, Mamadou Sakho, Glen Johnson, Jon Flanagan and now Suso, Rodgers said that he didn’t want to put the blame on the depleted squad.
“It feels like a new group again, with the injection of so many players, which we did need,” he continued. “We have maybe had to put one or two of them in much quicker than we would have wanted because of injuries to other players.
“But I’m not here to whine and complain about injuries, we just need to get on with working hard and we need to go back to the core principle of what our good play, performances and wins have been about – which is the team.
“The job now is to integrate all of that to make winning performances. West Brom’s last two results have been excellent – they had a very good win away at Tottenham and then looked very good once they got the first goal against Burnley”
Rodgers acknowledged that West Brom would prove to be a big test for the side but also said a win was expected out of Liverpool.
“We know it will be a tough game for us; Alan Irvine will have them very well organised and they have got some good players. But we expect, when we’re at home, to be on the front foot in any game and look to win – and that will be the objective for this weekend.”