Sunday 19 November 2017

Brendan Rodgers denies 'crisis meeting' held with players in wake of Arsenal defeat

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has dismissed claims there was a 'crisis meeting' with players after their Champions League hopes took a nosedive.

Reports on Monday suggested some members of the squad reacted angrily to the Red boss accusing them of not playing for him during a get-together at the club's Melwood training ground following the defeat to Arsenal which left them seven points adrift of the top four - a gap which could be eight should Manchester City avoid defeat at Crystal Palace later.

Rodgers rejected the allegations, insisting there was nothing out of the ordinary in the post-match debrief.

"I've heard that this morning. It is something you can't help," he said.

"We have lots of meetings here in terms of analysing performance and it was no different to a whole host of meetings we have all year.

"Those meetings helped us recover from the bad start we had to win 10 games out of 13.

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"It was nothing really; it was just analysing performance, analysing where we are at and then feeding forward to the players.

"With seven games to go and an FA Cup quarter-final the objectives we can clearly achieve between now and the end of the season.

"It is just unfortunate something else was made up.

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"I have a great bunch of players here who tirelessly every single day give me everything and you can see that in how we play.

"We might be short in terms of several elements but in terms of the commitment and work ethic that is pretty clear and has been since I've been here."

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After Saturday's defeat at Arsenal Rodgers effectively ruled out their chances of catching the top four.

However, he insists that was based purely on how the numbers add up and was not a concession of defeat.

"After the game I gave an answer which was logical, mathematics really, in terms of the difficulty we have but it is not certainly a mindset.

"Our attitude is to go right to the end. It is going to be difficult for us if the teams above us don't drop points.

"We would have to win our seven games but it is certainly something we will go into in order to do that."

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