Expectations were high going into Saturdays game against Aston Villa. Paul Lambert’s side aren’t exactly supposed to be challenging for the top four based on their recent history so this was a game Brendan Rodgers would have hoped his Liverpool side could dispatch quite easily. Villa scored an early scrappy goal through Gabriel Agbonlahor and held on quite easily against a side void of ideas in the end.
Fabio Borini is Brendan Rodgers’ first signing as Liverpool manager. He was a top-priority for Rodgers during the summer of 2012, after he was appointed, and the forward made it known he was determined to repay the manager’s faith by skipping the break he was allowed after taking part in the Euros that summer with Italy.
Things didn’t work out as planned for the former Chelsea youth player with Liverpool. Injuries hampered his first season and then he went out on loan last year. None of this has deterred the 23-year-old, though — not even the rumors that he could soon be leaving. Instead, Borini has said he is determined to make his mark on Liverpool and convince Rodgers he is a vital part of his squad.
Fabio Borini didn’t have much time to make an impact on Liverpool’s squad during his one full season with the club. For one reason or another (mostly injuries) the Italian forward didn’t get a chance to break in and make his mark. So, ahead of last season’s campaign, Brendan Rodgers decided to send the young forward out on loan to Sunderland.
Now the Black Cats are looking to try and lure the forward back to Sunderland permanently after he helped them stave off relegation.
The build up to Norwich away was all about taking the same intensity from the Manchester City game and applying it to the lowly canaries. Realistically that was always going to be a big ask seeing as the emotional and physical drain that the previous Sunday must have taken out of Brendan Rodgers and his team. Norwich did play their part in making life more than difficult however. Continue reading →
Compared to Liverpool’s last appearance at the Emirates stadium in November, Sundays FA Cup game was a vast improvement in comparison. Liverpool dominated the game for large spells and were unlucky not to get a replay when Luis Suarez was blatantly tripped by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the box. Referee Howard Webb arrogantly waved a finger at Suarez’s appeal and decided to play on. Liverpool supporters and players alike were mystified. Continue reading →
Brendan Rodgers post match interview with Martin Tyler on Wednesday night included a reference from Tyler that Steven Gerrard’s winning penalty and the resulting celebration was one of possible title contenders. Rodgers didn’t agree with Tyler but instead wisely opted with the route “we’ve got to keep pushing”. While no direct acceptance was made in relation to Liverpool being contenders, a direct “We are not title contenders” would be a better approach. This Liverpool squad is young. Title run in experience is lacking. Rodgers needs to let the squad focus on playing without pressure so he can instill that belief that they can win the title behind closed doors but publicly alleviate pressure. Continue reading →