Micky Quinn says Brendan Rodgers doesn’t know what he is doing.
Liverpool were knocked out of the Champions League on Tuesday night following their 1-1 draw with Basel. The Reds needed a win to secure their place in the last sixteen but weren’t good enough to get the result according to talkSPORT presenter Micky Quinn.
Quinn told talkSPORT: “There are too many changes every game. We’re a third of the way through the season and Brendan doesn’t know what his team is.
“I was very surprised with the team last night [against Basel]. He thinks he can just put players in who have been out for two or three games and they can just pick up the thread and the tempo of a Champions League game, with the example of that being Jose Enrique.
“He’s gone from not giving Rickie Lambert any game time at all to playing him for five games in a row because of injuries. Lucas hadn’t had a sniff and then he played against Real Madrid and hasn’t missed a game since.
“With the pressure building on Brendan Rodgers, I don’t think he knows what he’s doing, I really don’t.
“Look at that set-up last night for a Champions League game at home knowing you’ve got to beat Basel. No width, no pace up front, no creativity. I was very surprised with the team selection.
“The team weren’t good enough in the Champions League – it was tedious at times - and have been a million miles away from last season.
“He’s signed, what is it, £150million worth of players and it’s just chop and change, chop and change. If you sign these players you’ve got to play them and give them some consistency. He’s always on about learning and the number of games they have to play, but footballers need to play and get their eye in.
“He’s got a lot of work to do, but they are capable of improving once he settles down and knows what his best team is.
“I’m not going to say sack Rodgers because I think he’s got enough credit in the bank from last year, but Liverpool is a massive club and an institution and when you lose games, the pressure comes. And Rodgers is a young manager and that pressure has really got to him and his coaching staff in the last few games.”
Written by Thinkfootballideas staff