Brendan Rodgers working hard to put things right, says Liverpool legend
Rob Jones is encouraged by Brendan Rodgers' hard work on training ground
Rob Jones is taking encouragement from the hard work that Brendan Rodgers is putting in with his Liverpool squad on the training ground.
The Reds face the runaway Premier League leaders Chelsea at Anfield on Saturday as Rodgers’s side look to record their first top-flight win in three attempts.
The fans know we aren’t far away from turning a corner
Liverpool lost their seventh game of the season in all competitions on Tuesday night after Karim Benzema fired Real Madrid to a 1-0 victory at the Bernabeu.
The Reds have struggled to cope with the loss of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge’s absence through injury, with seven summer signings also bedding in at the Merseyside club.
But former Liverpool full-back Jones, who retired at the age of 27 due to a long-standing knee problem, is confident that Rodgers can turn around the Reds’s fortunes in the coming months.
“The reassuring thing for me is seeing how Brendan Rodgers is working so, so hard on the training ground to improve the players,” Jones told The Sport Review.
“It has been tough with injuries and the new players are taking a while to settle. Hopefully they can settle in the coming weeks.
“We are close to turning the corner. If we can get Daniel Sturridge back, he will make things flow better.
“There should be a good atmosphere this weekend [for the visit of Chelsea]. The fans know that we aren’t far away from turning a corner.”
Looking for positives from the 1-0 loss to Madrid, Jones felt that centre-half impressive Kolo Toure may have played his way into the starting line-up for the clash against Chelsea.
Jones added: “I thought Toure was very good [against Madrid]. He defended well and threw himself around, making some important blocks.
“He might have [played his way into the starting side]. He played very well.”
Rob Jones was widely regarded as one of England’s finest full-backs before his career was cut short due to injury. Read the Liverpool legend’s story at www.robjonesbook.co.uk
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