“I felt that if I went back and reflected on the last six months of 2016 that we had, everything has gone really, really well, mapping out from June when I first came in and seeing the fixture list when it came out I felt this was going to be an important period for us especially if we could progress how I hoped we would progress,” reflected Brendan Rodgers as his side’s mid-season break in Dubai came to an end.
“We’ve had a good period but we want more. If we are going to be better that means improving our game, improving the levels of our game and to keep pushing.
“That’s been our clear message since we’ve been here. The players have been fantastic.”
We will have strategies to guard against that complacency. I don’t think it’s in the mentality of the group now. “That was something we nailed from the very first day.
“They are absolutely giving everything. The attitude and mental fitness is now strong.
“Pre-season, I talked about reclaiming that working mentality, to work and to have this mindset that allows you to win games and win in the style that we want to win them in.
But there are still areas. We need to create more chances,’ stressed Rodgers.
“My philosophy is non-negotiable: we attack,” stated the Irishman. “But we can defend better to allow us to attack more. So here this week we are talking about creating more pressure with speed, power and aggression in our game we can create more chances through defending better in better moments, as a collective.
“Those are areas we have to work on tactically. Technically there is a level we can be better in but the players are ready, they are soaking it up in order to be the best they can be. That’s what you want.”
Over the weekend CQN was busy reviewing Brendan’s season so far. The site had some server issues on Saturday so for those who missed the report here it is. We’ve taken the story, so far up to end of November and have still to report more fully on December’s grueling schedule which brought 8 victories and a draw away to Manchester City in the Champions League in a match we were unlucky not to win. Here goes…