Rodgers wants more aggressive Liverpool

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes his team need to be more aggressive if they are to get out of the slump that has seen them mired in the bottom half of the Premier League and struggling to reach the next round of the Champions League, ESPN has reported.

The Reds on Sunday lost away at Crystal Palace, their sixth league defeat of the season after only 12 games and third loss in a row after they were also beaten by Newcastle and Chelsea. A draw with Hull prior to the reverse against the Magpies means Liverpool haven’t won a league game since mid-October, the 3-2 victory against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.

Rodgers’ position as manager isn’t thought to be under threat but with the Champions League in mind, as Liverpool play Bulgarian side Ludogorets in Bulgaria on Wednesday, he has called for more aggression in the team’s play, particularly in defence.

“We need to be more tenacious, more aggressive and have a greater capacity to defend better as a team,” he said. “When there are moments to defend, you have to defend better – and that’s something that we’ll look to do.”

Liverpool are third in Group B, level on points with their midweek opponents, after two defeats against Real Madrid and a loss to Basel. Ludogorets are the only team Liverpool have beaten in the Champions League, recording a 2-1 win at Anfield earlier in the season, and end their group stage campaign at home to Basel in December. They are currently three points adrift of the Swiss side.

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