Liverpool paying price for lack of back room reshuffle, says Meulensteen

Former Fulham boss and Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen has criticised Brendan Rodgers for not recruiting in Liverpool’s back room staff, the BBC is reporting.

Liverpool sold star man Luis Suarez to Barcelona for a staggering £75m and invested heavily in replacing him – recruiting no less than nine players.

But they have been well off the pace compared to their form last season, currently finding themselves nine points off league leaders Chelsea and have lost their last two Champions League games.

And Meulensteen believes the club are paying for mistakes Brendan Rodgers has made with his staff – especially not recruiting someone with European experience.

The Dutchman, who landed three Premier League titles, the Champions League, two League Cups and the Club World Cup during his time as a first team coach with United, said: “Brendan Rodgers’s biggest failure is that he’s not invested in his staff.

“He has got there because of his philosophy and I rate him for that.

“He has obviously got people around him who he obviously thinks are the right ones.

“But I think he could have done with someone who has been there, seen it and done it.

“Playing in the Premier League and the Champions League, it’s a different rhythm that requires a different style of training and a different management strategy through the week. You need to know these things.”

Rodgers has overseen a dramatic improvement at the club since he took over in 2012 – taking them from a seventh placed finish to a title challenge last season and ultimately a second placed finish.

Having lost three of their nine league game so far this term, fans have become restless that the team have not already reached the heights created from last season.

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