By Chris Rowland and Daniel Rhodes.
W/c Monday September 21st 2015.
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Brendan Rodgers saw signs of Liverpool’s fluency returning during the second half of a 1-1 draw with Norwich City that ultimately left the manager disappointed at Anfield on Sunday. (LiverpoolFC.com)
“We are disappointed and frustrated with the result, but I thought in particular in the second half, there were a lot more signs of our fluency and creativity.
“In the first half, we were a bit static, I felt, we had the ball in decent positions but probably the movement in front of the ball wasn’t as we would like.
“But also on the back of our last performance here, [there was] a little bit of anxiety in the first half. [In the] second half, we freed ourselves up a little bit more.
“Danny Ings, coming on, was outstanding, his pressing and ability to run in behind was there to see.
And Danny Ings acknowledged Liverpool were frustrated at picking up just one point instead of three from Sunday’s encounter with Norwich City – but insists there are positives to be derived from their second-half performance. Watch the video of the interview here.
Match of the Day 2 pundit Mark Lawrenson explained why he thinks Liverpool’s draw with Norwich should give Reds fans a glimmer of hope for the future. (BBC Sport)
A draw at home to Norwich is not going to lift the pressure on Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers but his team’s performance at Anfield was much better than the result.
It was a display that should give Reds fans a glimmer of hope for the future, after a miserable few weeks.
Much of the criticism Rodgers has come in for this season has been because of the Reds’ lack of goal threat and how isolated Christian Benteke has been up front.
That was not the case on Sunday.
BBC football commentator John Motson believes there is a media conspiracy against Brendan Rodgers. (watch or read here at BBC Sport)
Speaking on the Monday Night Club, Motson said:
“Every time I read an article about Liverpool, there’s somebody digging away at him”.
“If we can put things in perspective, two years ago he nearly won the league.”
“I think there’s an agenda there, and I think there’s certain people driving it”.
Christian Benteke, 24, is doubtful for Saturday’s game against his former club Aston Villa because he has a hamstring problem. (Liverpool Echo) The Echo later confirmed he will miss the match.
Benteke will have a scan on the hamstring he injured during the 1-1 draw with Norwich at Anfield on Sunday. (BBC Sport)
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