The Reds suffered a 1-0 loss to Real Madrid at the Bernabeu on Tuesday night, leaving Liverpool with eight wins from 16 games in all competitions this season.
The other thing is that we’ve tried to bed in six or seven players into the team which hasn’t worked as quickly as we’ve liked
And former Liverpool midfielder McAteer reckons Rodgers is trying to settle on a formation which can get the best out of the players in his struggling squad.
“I don’t know if it can be turned around too quickly, I think it’ll take time,” McAteer told SportsJOE.
“There’s a couple of factors why Liverpool are where they are, and the one that sticks out like a sore thumb is that we’ve lost the best player in the Premier League and the top centre forward in Europe in Luis Suarez. Our other centre forward, Daniel Sturridge, has been out injured so that’s over 50 goals gone out of the team.
“The other thing is that we’ve tried to bed in six or seven players into the team which hasn’t worked as quickly as we’ve liked.”
McAteer added: “I do feel that Brendan Rodgers is looking for something, a formation that will gel like it did last year. He’s shifting people around, he’s tried out Mario Balotelli and he’s struggled as a lone striker.
“There’s no momentum and no confidence. We’re just searching for a spark but I think it’ll come. The squad is stronger now and it had to be to cope with the extra demands of European football. I think improvement is just around the corner.”
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