Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has declared that grinding out a Premier League title in the style of Chelsea is a strategy the club will never employ under his leadership, after their attacking outlook led them to another high-scoring win which exposed severe defensive frailties.
Rodgers admitted after the 4-3 win over Swansea City that the defenders he has inherited were "uncoachable" in some of their weaknesses, but insisted that he would never sacrifice the free-scoring culture which has now seen his players overtake Manchester City's 69-goal tally and move to within four points of Jose Mourinho's table-toppers.
"It's not our style," said Rodgers, whose side have kept only four Premier League clean sheets since the 1-0 victory over Manchester United on September 1.
"I worry always to play good football. I'm not one who is totally satisfied to just grind out results. I will always concentrate on performance."
While they are the Premier League's top scorers, of the top 11 clubs only Newcastle United have conceded more goals than Liverpool.
Rodgers admitted that he had replaced Daniel Agger with Kolo Toure simply because the Dane had been unable to match the physical threat of Wilfried Bony, who had not scored a Premier League goal on English soil until his penalty took the score to 3-3 yesterday.
Asked if the error-prone Toure had made a difference, Rodgers replied: "We won 4-3 ... so ... "
Skrtel gave away the senseless spot-kick and Rodgers said of his players' failure to defend "anywhere near well enough" that "you can't coach" them out of such misdemeanours.
"The problem is that it's not coaching," he said. "Some of the things we conceded goals in, you can't coach that. There's a feel when you're in the game of how to defend and you have to use that experience to be able to defend properly."
Rodgers did laud his team's offensive display, which included excellent midfield contributions from Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling, and a brace that took Daniel Sturridge to 18 Premier League goals in as many starts. He has now scored in eight successive league games for the club.
Rodgers' former Swansea captain Garry Monk rejected the idea that Anzhi Makhachkala will move for striker Michu before the Russian transfer window closes.
Swansea are "not a selling club" and wanted only to get the Spaniard, signed by Michael Laudrup, back to fitness, he said.
Swans remain only four points clear of the relegation zone, though they did not look destined for the drop here. "We have got good players," Monk said. "It is just attention to detail." (© Independent News Service)