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Britannia battering not only reason for overhaul – Rodgers

SoccerNews in English Premier League 7 Aug 2015

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Brendan Rodgers insists that last season’s final-day mauling at Stoke City was not the only reason for Liverpool’s overhaul during the close-season.

Just three months have passed since Liverpool ended the 2014-15 campaign with an abysmal 6-1 defeat at the Britannia Stadium.

Liverpool return to the Britannia to kick off the new season on Sunday, and manager Rodgers has been busy in the transfer market during that time, while also making changes to his backroom staff.

The likes of Christian Benteke, Nathaniel Clyne, Roberto Firmino and James Milner have all arrived at Anfield, while Raheem Sterling, Glen Johnson and Rickie Lambert are among those to have departed.

But Rodgers, whose side finished sixth last season, says that his decisions were not just a reaction to the Stoke performance.

“There was a thought process going into that game it wasn’t just that one result,” he said. “When you’re a manager and leading a team you want to be at for a long time there’s going to be change.

“Some are uncomfortable, but we felt we needed a change. That’s what took place over the course of the summer. It’s galvanised the group again, with the players coming in and new coaches coming in it’s all working well so far.

“We needed it, you can’t perform like we did at the end of the season, you know you’re going to make changes. We don’t ideally like to make so many.” 

Rodgers confirmed that Milner, who arrived on a free transfer from Manchester City, will serve as vice-captain to Jordan Henderson and credited the England midfielder’s attitude since joining.

“He’ll be vice-captain, Jordan has been appointed captain but he’ll be a great ally for him. He leads by example, he’s a wonderful footballer but a big personality as well,” Rodgers added.

“He works tirelessly on his game. He’s here at 7:45am in the morning, making sure everything is ready to train. So he’s here two hours before he trains. He prepares himself like an elite player should.”

 

 

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