Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers admits he was bitterly disappointed at Sunday’s dismal FA Cup fourth round exit to League One Oldham and says that one or two players were “too soft”.
Speaking on Monday afternoon in his pre-Arsenal press conference, the Northern Irishman said “Yesterday we had one or two who was too soft. We’ve got to be tougher than a few yesterday.”
“Yesterday was bitterly disappointing. It hurts deeply. You find out and you learn things about players.”
“When you get the opportunity you have to take it” said the boss.
“We picked a team who we felt were capable of winning the game.”
“We need players who are hungry in all games”.
Rodgers went on to cite the positive influence of Steven Gerrard, explaining how young players should be taking the opportunity to learn from him and his desire in every day of his life. Otherwise, they will regret opportunity or could end up playing in League One.
Rodgers revealed that Pepe Reina, Glen Johnson and Jose Enrique will travel with the squad for the game against Arsenal. Enrique returned to full training on Monday morning after a hamstring injury.