Rodgers admits ‘passive’ Leicester wasn’t ‘aggressive’ enough

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Brendan Rodgers said Leicester lacked aggression as they fell in a big loss at Liverpool.

It was not a happy return to Anfield for former Liverpool boss Rodgers, as Leicester lost on the road for the first time this season.

Things got off to a bad start when Jonny Evans headed home, but Liverpool needed little help afterwards. Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino have scored more goals condemn Leicester to a 3-0 defeat.

This means Leicester are falling behind Liverpool in the table but still remain in the top four for the time being.

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If they are to stay there, however, they need to be more consistent against the biggest teams in the league. Indeed, their manager insists that they cannot afford to be passive against such opponents.

Rodgers said Match of the day: “We, in the first half in particular, were too passive and defended the space, but we didn’t have enough contact, we gave bad goals.

“We had a good opportunity on the counter with Harvey Barnes, but overall when you’re passive like that your football isn’t quite the same, we weren’t aggressive enough.

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“The second half was a little better, more aggressive in our press, which allows us to play better football. Liverpool deserved to win.

“The guys coming back from the international break not as consistent as we have been.”


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Rodgers highlights mentality problem

Rodgers reiterated that he saw improvements in the second half, meaning he would be able to move on quickly from loss.

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He continued, “It’s the mentality, you have to get up.

“We were happy for them to have him in their own half, but as soon as he entered your organization we weren’t as aggressive as I would like.

“Much better second half. Unlike last year’s game when we lost at home it’s a game we can easily think about, analyze and move on. “

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