Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers dismisses being tactically inflexible

After West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce criticised Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers for being stubborn to change his tactics, the Reds’ manager has refuted his claims, reports the Liverpool Echo.

“I’m not sure there’s a coach that has played more systems than I have played in the last couple of years. The principles stay the same, but the systems change. We played a different system the other night (against Swansea) and it brought us a win,” said Rodgers.

Due to Brendan Rodgers having built up a reputation last season for his side’s raw attacking threat in the Premier League, many believe he’s unable to adapt to different opposition which has led to their poor start to the new league campaign.

His Liverpool side have been boasting high levels of possession in the majority of this season‘s league outings, but have looked a shadow of the performances on display in 2013/14, with their attacking play considering slower than just a few months ago.

“People will look at me and think I have an identity. I’m happy with that. But no, as a coach you have to be able to adapt and change. I’m not dogmatic as a coach, I’m pragmatic. Throughout my time here, I’ve tweaked elements of our game. I like the team to dominate with the ball and control the ball. But there were games last year where we dominated on the counter-attack.”

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