Rodgers: FA Cup win was down to recent team meeting

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says his side’s FA Cup quarter-final replay win against Blackburn Rovers was down to the team meeting the squad had after their defeat to Arsenal, reports BBC Sport.

Following Liverpool’s humiliating 4-1 defeat to Arsenal in the Premier League last weekend, the Merseysiders were said to have held a team meeting to discuss their recent slump in form, ahead of an important FA Cup clash against Blackburn. It had the desired effect as the Reds ran out 1-0 winners in 90 minutes to book their place in the semi-final against Aston Villa at Wembley.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers feels the meeting the squad held was the reason they managed to turn things around against Blackburn, but also stressed that it wasn’t crisis talks between the manager and players, but a review that is done after every game win, lose, or draw. The Reds still have a chance to somewhat salvage their season if they can go all the way in the FA Cup this season, and Rodgers is pleased with the reaction he got after the recent talks.

He was quoted as saying: “A lot has been made of that meeting but the review was very important in how we want to work. It’s something that we’ve done all year. It provides us the lever to move forward – how can we be better, how can we improve. It wasn’t about saving our season. I’m a coach who speaks openly to players. If you don’t review and analyse your performance, how can you get better?”

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