Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of a League Cup quarter final tie with AFC Bournemouth, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has denied reports of dressing room unrest among his squad.
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“Our dressing room is very strong,” said Rodgers. Our captain is a strong leader in the dressing room. Anything said about any unrest is totally untrue.
“These are competitive players but the actual spirit in the group is very strong.”
Rodgers admitted that he and the club are currently going through a tough period: “No matter how well you are doing as a manager you are always going to have tough periods. We just need a bit of luck and a break. And we will get that.
“My work is very much focused on the players we do have and trying to make them better.
“Internally we are very stable. We are disappointed, of course, with how things are going.”
On the 3-0 defeat to Man United at the weekend, Rodgers praised his side’s attacking intent, saying: “Even though the result wasn’t the best for us on Sunday it was one of our best attacking performances.
“I was more than happy with our attitude in the game. We needed to defend better at certain times.”
Rodgers claimed: “I’ve seen enough at the weekend to know that the intent is coming back to our game.”
Questioned on whether the recruitment process at Anfield is to be reviewed, Rodgers said: “I’m not aware of that. As a football club we’re very analytical.
“We’re a football club that internally we’re very stable. We’re working very very hard to bring the confidence back and move the club forward.”
Injury wise, Rodgers said there were no new problems but that Mario Balotelli’s groin injury will need to be looked at.
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