Brendan Rodgers says he isn’t shopping for into the “narrative” that Liverpool have a weakened defence after watching his aspect undergo an emphatic 3-0 defeat at Anfield on Sunday.
The Foxes have been flying excessive this season. They’d received six of their eight Premier League video games earlier than heading to Merseyside. And that included a press release 5-2 win at Manchester Metropolis.
And with Liverpool struggling a raft of accidents on the again, many had been predicting Leicester to finish the Reds’ lengthy unbeaten residence run.
Liverpool had been with out arguably six first-choice gamers for the sport. Accidents have sidelined defensive lynchpins Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold. Midfielders Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara had been deemed not match sufficient. And Mo Salah was absent after a optimistic check for COVID-19.
Nevertheless, Rodgers’ males had been in for a impolite awakening. Liverpool produced an outstanding efficiency and established a brand new membership document of 64 residence league video games with out defeat.
A Jonny Evans personal purpose put the house aspect in entrance. And second-half headers from Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino sealed a convincing win. The win put the champions stage on factors with leaders Spurs.
A disenchanted Rodgers claimed later that Liverpool’s harm disaster was being overblown.
He stated: “Everybody spoke about Liverpool’s accidents. I don’t go along with narrative.
“I don’t see it as a depleted again line. I do know they’re lacking Virgil van Dijk, however [Joel] Matip is a prime participant.
“Fabinho has performed there towards Chelsea and towards prime gamers. Andy Robertson has all the time performed. Alisson is the primary goalkeeper and James Milner wherever he performs he does an unimaginable job.”
Rodgers admits Reds had been higher however pleased with begin
The Leicester supervisor did concede that Liverpool deserved victory.
“Their unbeaten residence run is an unimaginable document,” Rodgers stated. “It reveals you the ability and the energy in depth that they’ve. They’re an impressive squad of gamers.
“They’re nonetheless very sturdy, have prime gamers, take a look at the midfield which had gamers who all the time play.
“They’re an impressive staff, tremendous organised. They play with coronary heart, high quality and had been the higher staff.”
Nevertheless, Rodgers is more than pleased together with his staff’s begin to the marketing campaign.
He added: “We’ve had robust video games on this opening interval of the season. I’m delighted with how the gamers have achieved contemplating all the accidents we have now. Hopefully, over the following few weeks, we are able to begin to get a number of of them again.
“We’ve been away to Man Metropolis been away to Liverpool, been away to Arsenal, away to Leeds. They’re robust video games for us.”