Brendan Rodgers: 'I have to rebuild a group that can get through rough waters,' says Liverpool boss

Liverpool saw their Champions League hopes extinguish with defeat to Hull

Mark Staniforth
Wednesday 29 April 2015 17:02
Comments
Brendan Rodgers on the sidelines during Liverpool's 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa
Brendan Rodgers on the sidelines during Liverpool's 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa

Brendan Rodgers has ordered his ailing Liverpool team to toughen up if they are to mount a serious challenge for a return to the Uefa Champions League next season.

The Reds saw their slim top-four hopes all but extinguished in Tuesday night's defeat at Hull as a testing campaign looks set to finish with little more than a whimper.

While manager Rodgers believes his side's mid-season rally has cost them in recent weeks he will have been alarmed by the lack of desire on show at the KC Stadium, where they were upstaged by struggling Hull in every department.

He said: "The challenge for next year is to build a team that can get through the rough waters as well and that is going to be critical for us.

"We've got a lot of fantastic players but when it is tough we have to get through that and if we want to make a challenge like we did last year, that is what we have to do.

"The challenge for me until the end of pre-season is to rebuild a group that can get through. The players here have given their best to meet that challenge but we have to refocus again and look to improve the squad."

Along with increasingly influential Brazilian Philippe Coutinho, captain Jordan Henderson has offered one of the rare bright spots in an increasingly difficult campaign.

And Henderson has insisted clocking off early is not an option as his side look to give something back to the fans - including those who boycotted Tuesday night's game in protest at the £50 admission charge.

Henderson told LFC TV: "We've just got to keep going. We've got to move on as quickly as possible to the next game and hopefully try to win every game from now until the end of the season and see where we are.

"We've got to lift ourselves because we know at the weekend QPR will be right up for it and it will be a difficult game.

"But we set high expectations of ourselves and we expect to be winning games like this. The next game is important so we'll need to make sure we bounce back."

PA

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged in