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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Rodgers wants fighting spirit from Reds as they fight for Champions League future

Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers watches his players during a training session at the club's Melwood training complex in Liverpool. Reuters
Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers watches his players during a training session at the club's Melwood training complex in Liverpool. Reuters

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers (right) has called on his players to be more tenacious and aggressive in the wake of criticism his side is too soft.

After the 3-1 defeat at Crystal Palace on Sunday, a match in which they took an early lead, former Reds vice-captain Jamie Carragher said they were bullied and mentally weak.

Liverpool travelled to Sofia ahead of tonight's match against Ludogorets looking to end a four-match losing run and ensure their interest in the Champions League is extended to their final group match at home to Basle next month.

Ahead of that trip Rodgers issued a rallying call to players he admits are low on confidence.

"We need to be more tenacious, more aggressive and have a greater capacity to defend better as a team," he said.

"When there are moments to defend, you have to defend better - and that's something that we'll look to do."

Liverpool trained at their Melwood base yesterday before flying out to Bulgaria with midfielder Jordan Henderson back after illness ruled him out at the weekend but striker Mario Balotelli, who missed the game through injury, was not present at the morning work-out.

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