Brendan Rodgers expecting performance level rise from Liverpool

The boss also wants to see them exert more control, create more and show greater (that horrible buzz word again) intensity following back-to-back losses.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has highlighted where he wants his side to improve this season.

The Reds open their Europa League campaign against Bordeaux on Thursday night, seeking to return to winning ways following a disappointing run in the Premier League.

They were beaten 3-1 by Manchester United last time around, having previously lost 3-0 to West Ham at Anfield before the international break.

That has led to many questions about the side’s performances and where they must improve. In response, Rodgers has highlighted three specific areas he wants to see improvement in.

"We’ve just got to improve the performance level across the board," he told

"Over the course of the games, I would want to see greater control in our game and greater intensity and more creativity. That’s something that will come by improving performances at home in the league and when you come into Europe as well."

Rodgers keen to ensure performance levels rise

Things had looked positive at the start of the campaign for Rodgers' side, with Liverpool starting with two 1-0 wins over Stoke and Bournemouth to raise hopes.

They then followed that with an encouraging 0-0 draw with Arsenal at the Emirates, although the following results against the Hammers and United have since put an end to their run of form, exposing several weaknesses that went unpunished during their first three games.

Confidence is likely to be low in the squad after the two losses and the Liverpool manager says they must ensure they have the courage to play with freedom in order to improve.

"It’s about ensuring that we have that courage to play and that idea to play with that freedom," he added.

"That’s something that we’ll really focus on, creating a way which allows the players and talents that we have to express themselves. We need to ensure that performance level is much better and we feel that we can do that."

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