Michael Owen: There has been a 'shift' in Brendan Rodgers' approach

The Liverpool boss is going into games with a different approach, according to the former Reds striker.

Michael Owen believes Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has shifted his approach to games in recent weeks.

The Reds drew 0-0 with Sunderland yesterday afternoon and, two wins in recent days aside, it continued a trend of average performances from the Merseyside club.

But, far from it simply being a case of Liverpool underachieving, Owen has revealed it is his belief - after speaking with the coach - that Rodgers has changed his approach to adapt to current circumstances.

"Having spoken to Brendan Rodgers on Wednesday night, there's definitely a slight shift in how he is approaching games nowadays," Owen wrote on Sportlobster.

"No doubt he wants to return to last season's all guns blazing style of football but only once he has suitable players available to him. In the meantime, it may be more of a grind."

Liverpool's draw with Sunderland leaves them ninth in the Premier League, four points off the top four - a gap that is likely to increase later today - while the Reds face FC Basel in a make-or-break Champions League clash on Tuesday night.

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