Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler has sent out a warning to the club’s rivals suggesting the Reds aren’t as bad as everyone is making out.
Liverpool were hurt by inconsistency leading into the international break, but Fowler has backed manager Brendan Rodgers to pull the side through.
“Brendan Rodgers is an unbelievable manager and it’s a guarantee that he will get it right,” Fowler told FourFourTwo.
“Liverpool are fighting on four fronts this year with the Premier League, Champions League FA Cup and League Cup, so it is important that squad was much bigger and better than last year.”
“I think people are getting a little carried away with Liverpool this year. I don’t think we are as bad as what everyone is making us out to be.”
Rodgers, as any manager would do, is taking much of the criticism for Liverpool’s recent performances full on.
It’s a positive sign of his quality as a boss that he’s fronting up and protecting his players, who are the ones who have the physical impact on results.
The higher number of matches for Liverpool hasn’t helped, but Fowler insists Rodgers was right to spend in the way he did last summer.
“Liverpool’s problem last season was a lack of depth in the squad. So it was always going to be a case of bringing in a lot of new players.”
More matches means a smaller amount of preparation time for the boss between games whereas last season, the Reds had full weeks to focus on one match to the next.
There is a definite element of teams having found ways to play against the Reds and they have been challenged tactically, but the trick for them now is how they go about reinventing themselves and staying effective on multiple fronts.