Brendan Rodgers: ‘Our pressure & intensity is back’

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Liverpool boss reckons side has turned a stylistic corner…

Brendan Rodgers has continued to take positives from the past three matches since the switch of formation, and thinks we’ve turned a real corner…

The boss deployed a 3-4-3 formation against Manchester United last weekend, and although we lost 3-0, he kept with the tactic for the League Cup victory over Bournemouth, and the 2-2 draw with Arsenal on Sunday.

In fairness, our performance levels have improved drastically from the excruciatingly stale stuff we had to watch earlier this term – and most fans are looking forward to a winnable run of fixtures.

“Some of our play in the first half – the movement and passing, but more importantly the pressure and intensity – really rewound us back to what we have been for a couple of years and what has been missing for a big part of this season,” Rodgers told the official Liverpool website. 

“So I was particularly pleased with that. I’m disappointed with the two goals we conceded; we restricted them to three shots on target.

“We had 27 shots on goal, so from a creative point of view it looked fantastic. We needed the point at the end because the performance was very good.”

“The character the players showed in the second half, and the quality of their game, was outstanding.

“It’s one defeat in eight, which shows that we’re moving in the right direction after a really difficult start. If we play how we have done in the two previous years I’ve been here, we know we’ll get better as the season goes on.”

Rodgers’ Liverpool sides have traditionally performed better after Christmas, and last season, we went on a run of 11 consecutive victories which catapulted us to the top of the table at the time.

Our next six matches are against Burnley, Swansea, Leicester, AFC Wimbledon, Sunderland and Aston Villa – and if we play the brand of football we displayed in the first-half against Arsenal (while being much more solid defensively), we could start climbing the table.

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