Brendan Rodgers rubbishes claims of 'crisis meeting' with Liverpool stars.

Brendan Rodgers and Arsene Wenger.

Brendan Rodgers has rubbished reports of a fiery exchange with members of his Liverpool squad at a ‘crisis meeting’ on Sunday.

It has been claimed in a leading newspaper that Rodgers called a meeting at the club's Melwood training base 24 hours after the defeat at Arsenal on Saturday and accused several stars of not giving their best for him.

That was said to have left senior players 'incensed', and some were claimed to have spoken up against Rodgers.

But the allegations were refuted by the Reds chief on Monday morning, as he addressed the media ahead of Wednesday night's FA Cup quarter-final replay against Blackburn.

"We have lots of meetings here in terms of analysing performance and it was no different to a whole host of meetings we have all year," he said.

"Those meetings helped us recover from the bad start we had to win 10 games out of 13.

"It was nothing really; it was just analysing performance, analysing where we are at and then feeding forward to the players.

"With seven games to go and an FA Cup quarter-final the objectives we can clearly achieve between now and the end of the season.

"It is just unfortunate something else was made up.

"I have a great bunch of players here who tirelessly every single day give me everything and you can see that in how we play.

"We might be short in terms of several elements but in terms of the commitment and work ethic that is pretty clear and has been since I've been here."

After Saturday's defeat at Arsenal, which has left Liverpool's seven points adrift of a Champions League spot, Rodgers effectively ruled out their chances of catching the top four.

However, he insists that was based purely on how the numbers add up and was not a concession of defeat.

"After the game I gave an answer which was logical, mathematics really, in terms of the difficulty we have but it is not certainly a mindset," he said.

"Our attitude is to go right to the end. It is going to be difficult for us if the teams above us don't drop points.

"We would have to win our seven games but it is certainly something we will go into in order to do that."

Source: talkSPORT


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