‘Liverpool’s loss to Chelsea a massive learning curve for Brendan Rodgers’

Former Liverpool midfielder Jason McAteer reckons Brendan Rodgers will have learned lessons from the loss to Chelsea

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers Photo: The Sport Review

Jason McAteer believes Liverpool’s 2-0 loss to Chelsea was a “massive learning curve” for manager Brendan Rodgers.

The Reds stuck to their attacking philosophy but were pegged back after Demba Ba capitalised on a Steven Gerrard mistake and Willian scored a strike on the counter-attack.

Manchester City’s win at Crystal Palace following the Anfield result put the Citizens in charge of the title race, and they’ll be crowned champions if they win their remaining games.

Play them at their own game. Park the bus and take the point. We played as if we needed to win that game

Jason McAteer

And former Liverpool midfielder McAteer feels Rodgers may approach that type of game differently if the Reds are in a similar situation next season.

“Sunday was a massive learning curve for Brendan Rodgers and the team,” McAteer told Newstalk.

“It is ok being at Anfield and battering teams, scoring loads of goals and being really good on the eye.

“But if we had played out a bore draw and not gone for the jugular, we’d be sitting pretty now.

“It is something maybe Brendan will look at. He is only 41.”

He added: “Next season, Brendan might come up against the same situation and think, ‘Ok we’ve won 11 in a row but maybe it’s time to shut up shop’.

“Play them at their own game. Park the bus and take the point. We played as if we needed to win that game.”

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