Rodgers seeks Reds consistency
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers insists that the club’s exit from
Europe gave everyone a chance to reassess their season.
Victory over Zenit St Petersburg last week was not enough to
prevent the Reds’ last chance of silverware disappearing as a
result of the away goals rule.
It may be a cliche but it meant Rodgers’ side have to
concentrate on the league, and he is hopeful they can bounce back
quickly and lift themselves up from a disappointing eighth
“Certainly it gave us a reflective period to look at the league
and focus solely on that, because that’s ultimately where we want
to have the consistency,” said the Liverpool boss, whose side have
not played since the Zenit match nine days ago.
“When you play as well as we did against Zenit, of course you
want the next game sooner rather than later but it wasn’t to
“We had a period of time to recuperate physically and mentally.
The players have been outstanding in training, some of the
intensity and quality has been great to see from a coaching
“We’re going into the final run-in now and we really want to
push on in these last 11 games.
“With the form that we’ve shown, with the Swansea game (a 5-0
victory) and in particular the Zenit game – the performance level
against a very good side was fantastic – we just want to keep that
On Saturday evening Liverpool face Wigan at the DW Stadium,
where they have surprisingly not won since September 2007.
In fact, November’s 3-0 victory at Anfield is their only success
in six matches against the Latics.
It is that sort of inconsistency, replicated several times this
season, which has contributed to eighth-placed Liverpool being 10
points behind Chelsea in the final Champions League qualification
This campaign has been a transitional one for the club and
Rodgers, who is in his first major job having left Swansea last
However, the Northern Irishman is confident he can make the
changes needed to turn around years of gradual decline.
“I’ve signed a deal here and hope to see that through,” he
“In that period of time I believe, along with the board, we can
make really good progress here.
“Nothing has changed my mind on that – I’m ever so happy I made
that decision to come.
“This is a great club that operates with huge dignity in
everything they do; it’s a very unified club at the moment in how
we’re working and we hope to put the ambition in place that can
allow us to go forward and hopefully get trophies at the end of