Liverpool stars unhappy with Brendan Rodgers after Kolo Toure outburst

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A couple of senior Liverpool players “tore strips” off manager Brendan Rodgers following Saturday’s 4-1 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium after he “had a go” at defender Kolo Toure.

This is according to Jim Boardman, a writer on all things Liverpool for the Mirror, who took to Twitter to reveal what he had been told.

Rodgers stated in his press conference on Monday that nothing out of the ordinary happened between him and his players during a squad meeting, despite reports to the contrary, but Boardman’s information backs up rumours that all is not well inside the Anfield dressing room.

Toure endured a tough afternoon against his former employers and was fortunate to escape with a 3/10 rating from the popular Liverpool blog This Is Anfield.

“Toure produced one of the worst individual performances by a Liverpool player in many years, and looked completely out of his depth from start to finish,” was the damning assessment of the 34-year-old’s nightmarish display.

Rodgers praised Toure on Monday

If the story about Rodgers singling out Toure turns out to be true, the Northern Irish coach may have attempted to publicly make amends by praising the former Ivory Coast international to reporters on Monday.

Explaining why he selected Toure ahead of £20 million summer signing Dejan Lovren, Rodgers was quoted by the Telegraph as saying: “The thing with Kolo is he gives me everything every single day so I know what I am going to get with him.

“Dejan was someone who was out over the international break, now he is fighting well and looking strong. He will be in contention for the cup game for sure.”

Liverpool need to win the FA Cup

Rodgers is expected to drop Toure in favour of Lovren for Wednesday night’s FA Cup quarter-final replay against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park - a match which takes on even more significance with the Reds now unlikely to qualify for next season’s Champions League campaign.

Liverpool currently find themselves seven points behind fourth-placed Manchester City - although the gap is effectively eight points given the Reds’ inferior goal difference - with seven match remaining, and it seems only an FA Cup triumph can salvage their season now.

Rodgers has several problems that need solving

As Boardman stated in his third and final tweet, it’s imperative that Rodgers addresses and resolves any problematic issues inside the Liverpool dressing room.

The 42-year-old has experienced his fair share of highs and lows since arriving at Anfield in 2012, but this could be the biggest test of his relatively short career as a manager.

He will also be expected to convince both Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson that it’s in their best interests to stay at Anfield - but off-field problems combined with on-field disappointments may convince them to look elsewhere.

Liverpool fans: is Brendan Rodgers definitely the right manager for your football club? Are there any doubters? Have your say in the comments below!

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