Rodgers scouts in Rotterdam

Andreas Weimann remains optimistic regarding Aston Villa’s
chances of steering a course to Premier League safety.

Villa slumped back into the drop zone on Saturday after
suffering a 2-1 defeat away at Arsenal.

Paul Lambert’s side have now won just one of their last 10
top-flight fixtures to remain firmly entrenched in a basement
battle.

The struggles of others are helping to keep their survival hopes
alive, though, with only goal difference keeping them inside the
bottom three.

Weimann, who found the target at the Emirates over the weekend
but concedes he was at fault for Arsenal’s late winner, is
confident Villa can haul themselves clear of trouble if they
continue to believe in themselves.

He said: “We’re all confident we can get out of this.

“It’s never nice to concede at the end but we to take belief
from the way we played.

“It was me who let the left-back (Nacho Monreal) in behind me. I
switched off. But we’re confident of turning it around.

“I should have tracked him. I tracked him all game and for one
second I switched off.”

Rodgers was in attendance in Rotterdam, where Feyenoord claimed
a 2-1 Eredivisie win over rivals PSV.

A Feyenoord spokesman told Sky Sports that the Liverpool boss
was present: “We can confirm that Brendan Rodgers was here on
Sunday.”

Stefan De Vrij is understood to have been the main reason for
Rodgers’ visit to De Kuip. It was reported in December Liverpool
were tracking the 21-year-old Dutch international centre-back.

However, Rodgers would no doubt have also taken the chance to
run the rule over a number of other players who have been linked to
England in recent months.

For Feyenoord, Bruno Martins-Indi and Jordy Clasie will have
been of interest, whilst for PSV the likes of Kevin Strootman and
Jeremain Lens would no doubt have been of interest too.