Rodgers' tactics were wrong against Chelsea, but they'll be a force again says former Liverpool man

Brendan Rodgers

Boudewijn Zenden says that he was surprised that Rodgers continued with his attacking style in The Reds' game against Chelsea, which they lost 2-0.

Former Liverpool man Boudewijn Zenden has criticised Brendan Rodgers’ tactics, after The Reds relinquished their grip on the title and allowed Manchester City to win the Premier League.

Zenden, who played for Liverpool between 2005 and 2007, says that he was surprised by the way Liverpool attacked Chelsea in what turned out to be the turning point in their season.

In that game Rodgers’ men arguably only needed a point to keep themselves in position to win the Premier League for the first time, but they stuck to their forward-going principles and fell victim of Chelsea’s counter-attacking strategy, with Jose Mourinho’s side winning 2-0.

The result appeared to kill the momentum that Liverpool had collected and, after a 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace in their next fixture, it gave Manchester City the opportunity to win the league – a chance they did not let slip.

“In the end, I was surprised that when Liverpool played at home against Chelsea, with three games to go, that they went full force to try and win the game when they knew that a draw would have been enough,” Zenden said in an interview with TalkSPORT.

“They played Chelsea into their cards and with two games to go it wasn’t in their hands anymore.

The Dutchman did go on to say, though, that he thinks Liverpool will learn from this experience and utilise it to their advantage again next season.

“I think they’ll learn a lot from that and take that experience into next year and be a force again,” he said.

Rodgers has already began planning for the 2014/15 campaign and Liverpool have been linked with a hole host of new signings as they look to bolster their squad for Champions League football.

Liverpool were this season’s surprise package and if they are to repeat their feats again next campaign then they will certainly need additions.

That said, the bulk of a competitive squad is already there and with the likes of Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho all being a year older things are looking promising again for the red half of Merseyside.

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