Rodgers: Wins will come
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers does not feel he has to prove the club got the right man when Wigan’s Roberto Martinez arrives at Anfield today.
By Carl Markham
The Spaniard was in the running to take over from the sacked Kenny Dalglish and cut short a family holiday to meet Reds principal owner John Henry in Florida over the summer.
Martinez still maintains he was offered the job and turned it down — Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre insists Rodgers was their first choice — but that is of little consequence to the current incumbent.
“I have a lot of respect for Roberto,” said Rodgers.
“He is a guy who has been at the top of the game now for a few years in this country.
“Our philosophies are along the same lines in terms of how we want to work.
“I don’t know if he was close to getting it or not but it is a game that is purely about us getting the points.
“Maybe (it is not) for other people but for myself there is no addition to the game other than that we are in a good moment.
“We want to turn draws into wins because we are showing our character and resilience at the moment.
“The players are bleeding the tank dry every week for me, pushing everything into the game, and I just hope we can get the rewards for that and get the wins.”
Rodgers took heart from the point his side earned in a 1-1 draw at Chelsea in their last outing.
He said: “We have shown great resilience to come back like we did last weekend without playing particularly well but it is important we win games, especially at home.”
Liverpool’s home record, and not just under Rodgers, is an issue in itself.
Just three Premier League victories have been registered at Anfield in 2012, with just one of those coming this season.
Only six points have been accrued from a possible 18 at home and Rodgers knows it is a record which has to change.
“The point is no good at Stamford Bridge if we don’t win (at home),” he added.
“The players are giving everything in the games, they are pressing and working very well and they just need a bit of luck and that touch of confidence. Once we get that, we will go on and improve.
“We just need to win games, which is important if you want to climb the league and that is what we want to do.
“We have to be looking to take maximum points from our home games.”
Martinez, for his part, is wary of his side placing too much emphasis on the threat Luis Suarez will pose today.
“Suarez is vital at the moment, but I think it would be wrong to give him special treatment because then there are other players around him who can really take advantage of it,” Martinez said.
“You are not talking about a one-player team – that would be dangerous and wrong.
“It is true that in front of goal at the moment, Suarez is the most influential player in that squad and the stats reflect that.
“But it would be wrong to allow other players to have extra space because the quality is all over the pitch.’’
Meanwhile, Liverpool’s director of communications Jen Chang has left the club after less than six months in his post.
Last month the club apologised to fan Sean Cummins – creator of the fictional Twitter character Duncan Jenkins – for Chang’s “inappropriate treatment” during a meeting between the two in Manchester.
Cummins, in an online blog, had alleged Liverpool’s communication chief had made a number of threats after accusing him of having a mole inside the club leaking information.
The club accepted “some of the elements highlighted were not appropriate” and apologised and now Chang has departed.
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