Brendan Rodgers: Why I’m surprised by Liverpool criticism

The Liverpool manager points out the Reds have lost less games than some of their rivals

Brendan Rodgers says he has been surprised by the amount of criticism levelled at Liverpool in recent weeks.

The Reds secured a morale-boosting 3-2 victory over Aston Villa at Anfield on Saturday afternoon courtesy of James Milner’s opener and Daniel Sturridge’s brace.

“What has surprised me with it is we’ve lost fewer games than Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal in all competitions

Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool’s win was their first in five attempts after having failed to beat an opponent since a 1-0 win against Bournemouth on the second instalment of Premier League fixtures.

And Rodgers, whose position has been under threat in recent weeks, pointed out that their rivals Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City have lost more games than the Merseyside outfit this term.

“There’s a hysteria around the club. However criticism comes, whether deserved or undeserved, you don’t like it,” Rodgers told BBC Sport.

“What has surprised me with it is we’ve lost fewer games than Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal in all competitions. We’ve only lost two. There’s scrutiny on the players but it’s made us stronger.

“We know we have some top players to come back in. The players gave everything, I am proud of them. We looked creative and dynamic today.”

Liverpool are five points behind leaders Manchester United and just two points adrift of fourth place after their 3-2 win against Villa.

The Reds have been linked with a move for former AC Milan and Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti in the past week.

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Jurgen Klopp has also been linked with the Liverpool role.

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