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Ex-Liverpool stopper criticises Rodgers tactics

Coates scores an own goal against Udinese. (©GettyImages)
Coates scores an own goal against Udinese. (©GettyImages).

Bruce Grobbelaar has criticised the way Liverpool have defended this season, and questioned the tactics of manager Brendan Rodgers.

In a radio interview with talkSPORT, the 54-year-old made no apologies for his scathing attack on the Premier League giants, following last night's 3-2 defeat at the hands of Udinese in the Europa League.

Liverpool suffered their third successive home loss against the Serie A outfit, who themselves had recorded only a solitary victory in 2012/13, prior to Thursday's encounter.

Rodgers is renowned for playing an attractive brand of passing football - a tiki taka approach that saw his managerial stock rise at Swansea - and earned him his Merseyside move earlier this summer.

However, Grobbelaar feels those tactics can be costly when used in defensive situations, and it's an issue that needs sorting out quickly.

"Does he [Rodgers] tell the defenders not to tackle in the box?" the former Reds goalkeeper told talkSPORT. "The ball came into the Liverpool box [against Udinese] and they allowed the opposition striker to juggle the ball in front of [Jamie] Carragher.

"The other central defender could have kicked the ball away three times but he allowed the ball to be passed to [Giovanni] Pasquale."

Liverpool did completed three times as many passes as their Italian opponents but Grobbelaar believes the defenders need to focus on the basics and clear the danger without being overly concerned with retaining possession.

"If you get the chance [as a defender] to lump the ball out of the box, do it," he concluded.

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