Bournemouth win proves no Liverpool rift, says Rob Jones
Rob Jones says Liverpool remain in high spirits despite tricky period
Rob Jones has rubbished reports of a rift in the Liverpool dressing room, adding their Bournemouth win highlights spirits are high in the Reds camp.
Raheem Sterling’s double and Lazar Markovic’s first Liverpool goal sealed a 3-1 win and set up a clash against Chelsea in the Capital One Cup semi-final.
It showed that the team spirit is there. Fingers crossed we can carry this on to Arsenal
On Monday, Brendan Rodgers moved to quash reports of a fractured dressing room despite the Northern Irishman stressing the need to rediscover their “team ethos” after a 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford.
And former Liverpool defender Jones, who is involved with coaching the up-and-coming stars at Melwood, felt the 3-1 victory highlighted the positive mood in Rodgers’s set-up.
“The confidence looked good before the game,” Jones told The Sport Review. “You’d have thought the confidence would be down but that shows the spirit in the changing room and what Steven Gerrard and Brendan Rodgers are doing.
“People are trying to say there is a rift in the dressing room, but I’m round and about and I don’t hear of any rift in the dressing room.
“It showed that the team spirit is there. Fingers crossed we can carry this on to Arsenal.”
Jones, who was part of Liverpool’s FA Cup-winning side in 1992, praised the Reds’s ruthless performance against the Championship leaders, successfully avoiding a potential upset.
“It was very positive. Some people are saying it was only Bournemouth, but Bournemouth are flying at the moment,” added Jones.
“It could have been a difficult game. From the first minute, Liverpool didn’t let Bournemouth play.
“They look so confident. They look like a team that was flying high.
“They’ve obviously had a good chat after the United game and got themselves organised. Liverpool stopped any Bournemouth pressure.
“They did have a 10-minute spell but that happens in games. That is where Liverpool have let themselves down in the past, they’ve got ahead and let teams back in.
“Last night, Liverpool did well and put it to bed.”
Rob Jones was widely regarded as one of England’s finest full-backs before his career was cut short due to injury. Check out the Liverpool legend’s story at www.robjonesbook.co.uk