Brendan Rodgers wants aggression for Liverpool

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Brendan Rodgers had admitted that Liverpool must go back to basics in reaction to their blip in form and wants to see more aggression from his side.

The Reds' 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon was the club's sixth loss in the Premier League this term, and now they sit just four points above the relegation zone.

The Northern Irishman admitted to full responsibility after the game, however, in the aftermath of his statement, he wants to see his players' performances to step up.

“What we’ve got at the football club is a model to bring in young players, so perhaps we don’t have a lot of experience"

“We need to get back to the basics of fighting and being aggressive, and then the talent should come out," Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo.

“I don’t think (Sunday) was to do with Palace being overly-physical. Their game plan is very simple, they concede a lot of the ball and play on the counter attack.

“What we’ve got at the football club is a model to bring in young players, so perhaps we don’t have a lot of experience, and some of them don’t have experience of this league.

“But this is a group that are doing their best. At the minute, we’re just not quite firing and confidence is low. But we need to find a way, because we’ve seen over the last couple of years that these are very talented players.

“We’ve had a difficult period, with a lot of games, less preparation time to coach, injuries that were in key areas for us, but we can’t complain, we have to get on with it and find ways of getting results.

"That’s what Liverpool is all about, and we have shown the size and power of this club over the past two years, and we hope to build on that.”

Rodgers to blame

The former Swansea City boss completely got his team selection wrong at Selhurst Park.

When the away side's starting XI was announced, it raised many eyebrows and Kopite's doubted victory.

Glen Johnson replaced Alberto Moreno at left-back, which was a strange move considering the England international looks to be moving away from Anfield in the summer, after not being offered a new contract and the Spaniard has been in decent form since his £12 million move from Sevilla.

Emre Can was superb in Liverpool's last two games against Real Madrid and Chelsea, looking powerful in the midfield and putting in an extremely encouraging performance. However, he saw his place took by Joe Allen, who offered little throughout the game.

The 41-year-old has spent a whopping £212 million since taking the helm at Anfield in 2012 and many of his signings have not made an impact.

Spaniards Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto did not come cheap last summer, however, only managed a hat-full of games between them, not making a decent contribution in one.

Mario Balotelli is one of the world's most controversial players in world football, yet, Rodgers thought he was the man to replace Luis Suarez, who netted 31 goals last term. 

The Italian joined from AC Milan in August for £16 million and has been poor, netting just two goals in 13 appearances and yet to break his duck in the top flight.

Likewise, Lazar Markovic and Dejan Lovren who both moved to Merseyside in the summer for £20 million have also been under-par.

Crunch time

The next few weeks could make or break Rodgers' career at Liverpool.

The Reds travel to Sofia to play Ludogorets Razgrad on Wednesday afternoon and it is a must-win affair for them if they are to qualify for the knock-out stages of the Champions League.

The five-time champions of the competition sit on just three points in Group B, three behind FC Basel and level with the Bulgarian champions.

If Liverpool come away with three points and the Swiss champions are defeated by Real Madrid, who only need one point to top the table, Basel and the Reds would be left to fight it out on December 9.

Rodgers' men too ties against Stoke City, Leicester City and Sunderland in between the two European clashes. 

All three side's are struggling for form and three wins would be the absolute minimum if Liverpool are to finish in the top four once again this season.

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