Liverpool FC manager hits back at Jamie Carragher criticism
Brendan Rodgers feels former Reds defender is wrong to question character of the Liverpool team
November 26th, 2014
Liverpool have suffered four straight defeats in all competitions, with the Merseyside team heading to Bulgaria this evening for a crunch Champions League clash against Ludogorets.
Victory is pretty imperative if the Reds are to overhaul Basel to land second place in their Champions League group, with Brendan Rodgers hitting back at Jamie Carragher’s recent criticism of the team’s performances.
Carragher played under Rodgers at Anfield and is now a pundit for Sky Sports, with the Liverpool manager feeling it wrong that the ex-defender is criticising the character of the team.
The Liverpool manager said: “We hear criticism of the team but this team has character, it showed it last season. It has shown it’s got resilience.
“Okay, we concede more than we would like at times but you can’t question the character. That can’t be criticised. We have players who’ve shown they have spirit but when you don’t get victories it affects confidence and you don’t perform quite as good. My job is to keep instilling that confidence.”
Rodgers added: “It’s a comment that’s been made of course. It’s something that happens when you’re paid to be critics, well not critics, but to assess the team.
“When you lose games what I’ve learnt is that people will say they want and that’s what comes. Whether criticism is deserved or not you won’t like it but you just have to ignore it. I have a team full of characters, of fully committed people and hopefully that’s something that will improve. We have to stand up and show that we can get a result and tough it out, and that’s what we will definitely do.
“The philosophy is important and we know how we want to work but you need to get results. We would take a scrappy win. Listen, you can’t play perfect football. It is going to be tough here. We want to get a result.”