Liverpool FC manager hits back at critics after Real Madrid defeat
Brendan Rodgers has no regrets after fielding a changed starting XI for the 1-0 Champions League defeat at the Bernabeu
November 5th, 2014
Liverpool’s season has reached something of an impasse, with the Reds looking likely to bow out of the Champions League group stage following three consecutive defeats in the competition.
Lose to Chelsea on Saturday and the Merseyside club will face an uphill struggle to land a top four spot in the Premier League this term, with Brendan Rodgers deciding to rest the likes of Mario Balotelli, Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling for Tuesday’s game against Real Madrid.
The players that were selected for the clash in the Bernabeu actually acquitted themselves well, with Emre Can demonstrating his worth as a holding midfielder, while Fabio Borini looked lively in attack.
Rodgers defended his team selection for the game and dismissed that he was waving the white flag before a ball had even been kicked, pointing to the fact that Cristiano Ronaldo’s scoring run came to an end.
“It was far from throwing in the white towel” said Rodgers. “Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in every one of his last 11 games so my players put in a performance that did befit this club with the quality and spirit. I think the performance says it.
“I am not really bothered by criticism. We do not have a team with a consistent run of form winning five or six games consecutively so the changes were to get a performance and result. That is what happens. As the manager you are open to criticism whether it is deserved or not – and I do not worry what people think or say, I worry about my players.
“This was my idea. I had to go with my gut feeling, and my gut feeling was that the performance on Saturday was not as good as we wanted.”