Brendan Rodgers believes Liverpool have to be more ‘tenacious’ if they are to turn their season around.
Losing four matches on the bounce has put Rodgers under an increasing amount of scrutiny and must beat Ludogorets Razgrad in Bulgaria tomorrow to stand any chance of qualifying from their Champions League group.
"We need to be more tenacious, more aggressive and have a greater capacity to defend better as a team," he told the Liverpool website.
His comment echo those of Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville, who said the team lack the same intensity from last year which has no relation to Luis Suarez’s departure.
Talking on Monday Night Football the England coach said: “If you said to me what Liverpool’s faults are at the moment I’d say it’s in attack. But, actually the reason they’re not getting the level of attack is because they’re not getting the ball back quickly enough.
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“It’s not to do with Luis Suarez or world class players. It’s do with the mentality, fitness and confidence.”
The Reds have not kept a clean sheet since their 0-0 draw with Hull at the end of October and Rodgers has admitted the team need to be much tighter at the back.
"When there are moments to defend, you have to defend better - and that's something that we'll look to do."
Liverpool are currently joint bottom of the group with their Bulgarian opponents and were narrow 2-1 victors in the reverse fixture back in September.