Is Brendan Rodgers turning into Roy Hodgson 2.0?

Snehanjan Banerjee / 15 September 2015

Sky Sports pundit duo Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville have criticized Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers for being too negative against the outing on Saturday at Old Trafford against Manchester United where the Reds were beaten 3-1 by Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United side.

The Reds lost the game despite Christian Benteke’s stunning back volley as Daley Blind, Ander Herrera, and debutant 19-year-old Anthony Martial found the net for Red Devils.

Former Liverpool defender who is considered as a legend at Anfield has hit out at Rodgers for Liverpool’s gameplay. 

Speaking to Sky Sports News, Jamie Carragher said: “The thing for Brendan Rodgers is how can he get his players into the positions they want to play? At the moment, that’s the thing he’s finding difficult.

“Moving forward, they need to get two strikers on the pitch. It’s a system that brought them so many goals the season they nearly won the league. With Sturridge, you can’t rely on him for a full season, but he’s back training and he gets goals.”

Former United full-back Neville agreed with Carragher, telling Sky Sports News: “The problem for me is that all the players they have wanted to come to the ball. Who’s making the run in behind the defence? If you don’t make runs in behind, it’s a nightmare.

“The principle of running in behind has been replaced with players who come to the ball, and to play against this is a lot easier.”

Liverpool is now sitting tenth in Premier League table with seven points from five games and will start their Europa League campaign on Thursday against Bordeaux. 

The Northern Irish manager is under huge pressure as the fans have lost faith in him and are voicing to get him sacked and replaced by former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp who is now without a job.

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