Saturday 18 November 2017

Brendan Rodgers: Home form a puzzle

Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers admits he is not entirely sure why the team's home record has been so poor in recent times, but insists there is no major "psychological" problem with his players at Anfield.

Thursday's 3-2 Europa League defeat to Udinese means the Reds have now gone five games in all competitions without a win on their own turf.

It is something Rodgers finds difficult to comprehend. Speaking ahead of today's home clash against Stoke, Rodgers said: "Sometimes it is just a confidence factor, and you also have to imagine that when any team comes to Anfield, it is one of the biggest games of the [visiting] players' lives.

"Playing at home is certainly not a distraction. To play at Anfield is a real honour and a privilege. The backing we get every time we play there is fantastic, so it is one of those statistics there is no explanation for."

Villas-Boas had no doubts

Andre Villas-Boas never doubted he would turn around Tottenham's season after their poor start.

Many were shocked this summer when Spurs sacked Harry Redknapp and replaced him with Villas-Boas and his critics were given further ammunition when the 34-year-old's team failed to win any of their opening three games.

Tottenham were booed off after throwing away leads against Norwich and West Brom, but the Portuguese has turned around the club's fortunes in recent weeks, winning three straight league games.

"I have never doubted my abilities," Villas-Boas said. "It's funny how things change so dramatically."

Villas-Boas was told to deliver a top-four place when he signed a three-year contract in July -- beating Aston Villa today and Chelsea next weekend would certainly help his cause.

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