Liverpool FC are currently going a torrid season. A 3-0 loss on Sunday to Manchester United, in a game where United didn’t particularly play too well and Liverpool created more chances illustrated that everything, including sheer luck, is not on the Reds’ side this season.
The Reds face Championship leaders Bournemouth on Wednesday in Capital One’s Quarter Final clash. Brendan Rodgers, whose own destiny at the club hangs by a thread (if reports are to be believed), admitted after the weekend loss that he needed to help his players rediscover their “team ethos”. This statement of his led media tabloids to suggest their was disharmony in Liverpool’s dressing room. Rodgers took the occasion of the pre-Bournemouth match media conference to clear the air.
Our dressing room is very strong,” Rodgers said.
“We are very fortunate that we have a captain who is a strong leader in the dressing room.
“That’s been very important in my time here – that spirit. I hear one or two bits and pieces that have been said about unrest, it’s totally untrue. Of course we aren’t happy that we aren’t winning games.
“These are competitive players, a lot of them nearly won the league last season. They are competitive and won’t be happy with losing but the actual spirit in the group is very strong.
“That’s one of the reasons why I believe that once when we get that confidence back through winning games and performing well then we will go into the second half of the season and be much better.”
Mario Balotelli, who is suffering with a groin problem, has not had a good time since his summer move from AC Milan. Former Liverpool midfielder Paul Ince recently said that Liverpool need to sell the controversial Italian for the good of their season.
“There are lots of opinions,” Rodgers responded to this
“Paul is someone I respect, he was a wonderful player and he has managed himself so he knows the pressures of it. He has given his opinion.
“Mario is here as a Liverpool player and as the coach and the manager I need to work to try to maximise what I can get out of the player. But that’s the same with every single player. While he’s here, that’s all I will ever concentrate on.”