Danny Higginbotham and Jermaine Jenas were left bemused by the lack of pace and creativity in the Liverpool side as they slumped out of the Champions League after only managing to pick up a point against Swiss champions FC Basel.
Basel midfielder Fabian Frei hit a stunner for the away side just before the half-hour mark to give his side the lead at half-time. Liverpool looked promising early in the second half, but were derailed after the referee decided to show Lazar Markovic a controversial red card.
Steven Gerrard hit a fantastic free-kick into the top left hand corner but the damage was already done and FC Basel left Anfield with qualification in the bag.
During the match, both Higginbotham and Jenas were left stunned by the lack of mobility, speed and creativity in the Liverpool side and gave the verdict on what Rodgers needs to add in order to get the Reds back to winning ways.
This Liverpool team just seems to robotic to me need to add some flair, some risk takers, get coutinho and lallana on and go for it!— Jermaine Jenas (@jjenas8) December 9, 2014
Liverpool still trying to play a game based on pace and they don't have much of that in the team. They are so open to counter attack— Danny Higginbotham (@Higginbotham05) December 9, 2014
As mentioned by Jenas, the line-up in the first half was not right and the decision to leave out Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana when creativity was desperately needed will be one that Rodgers has to live with.
It wasn't so much the immobility of the side, but the tempo they played at. For example, Rickie Lambert, if given the right service, can be a dangerous player, but needs to be utilised in the correct game plan. Usually, it is a game plan that incorporates forward runners from midfield, but apart from Raheem Sterling's efforts, it was fairly non-existent.
The difference between a trio of Daniel Sturridge, Sterling and Luis Suarez in comparison to Lambert, Sterling and Jordan Henderson was all too evident. The game plan is the same, but the personnel clearly isn't.
The result leaves Brendan Rodgers under the microscope even more and with Manchester United coming up at the weekend, the pressure is definitely on the Northern Irish manager.