Rodgers urges Liverpool youngsters to shape up

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has called on the club’s young players to knuckle down and improve after a number of them disappointed in the club’s FA Cup exit to Oldham Athletic at the weekend, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Rodgers added that if they do not display the desire to improve, then they will be playing the likes of Oldham week in, week out, as they will drop down the leagues from their current top flight position.

Speaking of the defeat to the Latics, Rodgers said: “It hurts deeply and it makes things clear – we need a group that’s hungry in every single game. If they don’t have that hunger, they will find themselves playing in League One and regretting the opportunity they missed.

Liverpool were beaten by the odd goal in five, Matt Smith scoring twice at Boundary Park with on-loan Manchester City defender Reece Wabara getting the other goal, cancelling out efforts from Luis Suarez and Joe Allen.

Rodgers continued: “Oldham may not have been a big game for one or two of them, but they will learn quickly they have to have the right mentality for every single game, because if they don’t, they won’t be here – it’s as simple as that.

They are a talented group, but let us be clear…we don’t have world-class young players. So they must come in with the intention of working hard with intensity every day. That is the only way they will succeed.

The former Swansea City manager added that if the Liverpool youngsters were willing to learn, they had the ultimate role model already at the club in Steven Gerrard. But, the Northern Irishman added, if they are content to stand still in their development, then they would eventually have to find another club.

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