Rodgers claims Liverpool do not need defensive specialist

Brendan Rodgers believes Liverpool do not need to appoint a defensive specialist and that he can turn the club’s woe back into the form of last season, according to the Telegraph.

Liverpool have not been the same side since last season and defensive frailties have led to huge criticism of displays – culminating in three first half goals as Real Madrid strolled past them in the Champions League.

But despite these concerns and their incredibly lucky win at QPR last weekend – where two own goals sealed them a 3-2 win, a win this week would see Rodger’s side go fourth in the table if results go their way.

And Rodger’s believes he has the key to tweaking their tactics back to the winning formula, often working all hours of the night to find a solution for his squad.

He said: “The other night I was up at 4.30am, down in my kitchen, looking and thinking of ways that I could make us better and improve.

“That is something I have got – a hunger to make this group better and improve. We are looking to get balance in the team – balance is the most important thing in football – but with limited coaching time. When I came in, I was asked whether I would have someone to come in and help the strikers score. We got goals.

“I think it is just the lack of coaching time that is impacting. Listen, we can’t complain. We are in the big competitions and there is an expectancy on us, which there should be. We are Liverpool. But in terms of a defensive coach, we don’t need it. No. No. No chance. No chance. No.”

Rodger’s stated that he has the quality within his squad to deliver the necessary performances and again create a formidable side – the club added nine new players to their squad over the summer after losing Luis Suarez to Barcelona.

Fans will worry however about how long it is taking for the team to gel after Chelsea raced into a five point lead, and are currently nine clear of Liverpool.

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