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


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


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.