Brendan Rodgers explains Coutinho substitution and praises midfielder

Liverpool's manager has been talking about the big decisions before and during the match against Chelsea this weekend.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been speaking following his side’s 2-1 defeat against Chelsea on Saturday afternoon.

The Reds went ahead courtesy of Emre Can, before Gary Cahill and Diego Costa scored to give the league leaders another precious three points.

It was another blow for Liverpool, who continue to falter having recently lost against Newcastle United and on two occasions against Real Madrid.

That said, the second encounter against the reigning European champions would have given real hope for Liverpool fans, only for many of the players who shone in that performance to be dropped on Saturday.

In his post-match interview with the BBC Rodgers revealed his reason for taking off Philippe Coutinho, who had impressed early on.

“We needed to try something else,” Rodgers said, “to do something different in the game. We put on an extra striker through the middle, to give us that threat, to try to occupy their back-four.

“We’re really trying to make changes to change the game. Sometimes it works for you, sometimes it doesn’t.”

He also explained what his game-plan was to Guardian journalist Daniel Taylor.

The Liverpool boss said his side’s intention was “to keep Cesc Fabregas quiet" by asking Jordan Henderson to man-mark the Spanish international.

Rodgers hailed the vice-captain for doing “very well” but that still did not lead to a victory that would have been timely for the Reds.


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