Former Liverpool manager criticises ‘negative’ Brendan Rodgers

Roy Evans feels Liverpool adopted a negative approach for the visit of Basel

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Roy Evans has criticised Liverpool’s negative tactics after the Reds crashed out of the Champions League on Tuesday night.

The Reds needed to beat Basel to secure their place in the last 16, but Fabian Frei broke the deadlock for the Swiss champions at Anfield.

Steven Gerrard levelled with 10 minutes remaining after Lazar Markovic had been sent off early in the second half, however Liverpool couldn’t find a winner.

And former Liverpool manager Evans wasn’t happy with the Merseyside outfit’s approach to the Group B clash.

“The way we approached the game was a bit negative for me,” Evans told talkSPORT.

“We started the game – a game we needed to win – with a really low tempo. We didn’t put them under pressure and I’m thinking, ‘go for them’.

“If you need to win, why not put them under pressure from the word go? We waited until we were down to ten men with 20 minutes to go and then we throw everything at them. We nearly got there but why not do it from the start? That’s the only gripe I’ve got.

“You can be too tactical, you can over think the whole thing. Sometimes you need to think, ‘OK, we need to win this one game, go out and go for it’.”

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