Why Brendan Rodgers is right to stick to his Liverpool philosophy

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The Reds' gung-ho approach was criticised in some quarters after their 3-3 draw against Crystal Palace last month.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has claimed that his all-out-attack philosophy won't change despite being pipped to the Premier League title by Manchester City.

The Reds won 12 of their last 14 games with a swashbuckling style that drew plenty of plaudits, but they were beaten by Chelsea 2-0 at Anfield on April 27, before throwing away a three-goal lead against Crystal Palace on May 5 to draw at Selhurst Park.

The dropped points essentially cost Rodgers' side their first league title in 24 years, but the Northern Irishman has refused to alter his side's expansive approach.

He told the club's official website: "What has been interesting is people talking about me moving away from some of the principles and ideas that I've always worked with. It couldn't be further from the truth.

"As time has gone on, we've added penetration - it's much better. We're much quicker with our passing, the speed of our game is better and obviously we've got quality at the top end of the field.

"Players are now flooding forward looking to score goals, as opposed to the idea of just keeping the ball - because that's no good on its own."

Rodgers' refusal to budge should be seen as some as a stubborn insistence that could hurt his side in the future, but why should Liverpool change their style?

They plundered 101 goals, had the two highest-scoring players in the Premier League, and played with a wild abandon that took them from seventh in 2013, to second a year later.

The Reds eventually ended up slipping up in the final throes of the season, but to suggest that they threw it away does a huge disservice to a team that won 11 games in a row.

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