Brendan Rodgers can’t afford Liverpool upset, says ex-Arsenal star

Liverpool need to field a strong side against Bournemouth, says Niall Quinn

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Niall Quinn reckons Brendan Rodgers can’t afford his Liverpool side to lose to Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup quarter-final on Wednesday.

The Reds are in 11th place in the Premier League table, whilst the Merseyside outfit crashed out of the Champions League at the group stage.

If he plays a weakened team and loses it’s another tag to the questioning that the outside world are asking about him

Niall Quinn

And former Arsenal and Manchester City striker Quinn feels Rodgers must make the most of his chance to secure some silverware this season.

“They won’t have too many chances for silverware this season and this is an opportunity for Brendan,” Quinn told Sky Sports.

“Since limping through the last round with that famous penalty shootout, they have been knocked out of the Champions League and suffered a few setbacks in the Premier League, so life is difficult for them, but this represents a chance for silverware and relief for Brendan and his side.

“But they are away to Bournemouth who are all the rage in the Championship. With the opportunity to win silverware Brendan has to put out a strong side. To get confidence he needs a victory and to get into the semi-finals of a competition would be a major lift.

“Brendan Rodgers needs this result, if he plays a weakened team and loses it’s another tag to the questioning that the outside world are asking about him.

“People are already talking about his transfers not working, the dressing room not being spot on, the injuries, there are a lot of things to ask about Liverpool right now and if they get knocked out by a Championship team in the quarter-finals because he has played a weakened team it will raise bigger questions.”

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