Liverpool in transition, admits Rogers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has conceded his side have regressed from last season’s Premier League title challenge and are adapting to their new situation, without ‘world class’ Luis Suarez, ESPN has reported.

Rodgers however isn’t perturbed by the new reality at Anfield, comparing it to when he took over the team in the summer of 2012 and insisting he is motivated by the task at hand. “It’s an exciting challenge. This is an incredible job and nothing has changed,”

“The first six months were difficult here but for 18 months we’ve been on a magic carpet ride in terms of our performance level and everything improving,” Rodgers continued. “For me it would have been a case of keeping the squad we had and adding a few bodies to thicken up the squad. But that wasn’t the case. There was big change here in the summer and we lost a world class player.

“We had to improve the squad and bring in a number of players and unfortunately we’ve lost a number of our key players to injuries. It brings us into a little period of transition again. It’s something that was difficult in the first few months when I got here.

“You have to go through some pain along the way. We are in a difficult moment but that’s the great challenge for myself and the players. We will look at it even harder and analyse it more just to ensure we keep it simple and keep to the values and ethics of this team – hard work, honesty and concentrating on our performance.”

The Reds are currently in 14th place, with seven points from their first six league games and three points from their opening two Champions League fixtures. Liverpool beat Ludogorets at Anfield with a late Steven Gerrard penalty but were beaten in midweek on their visit to Basel.

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