Friday, 15th February, 2013

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has moved to defend manager Brendan Rodgers in the wake of the club’s 2-0 defeat away at Zenit St. Petersburg last night.

The Reds put in a lacklustre display which showed some naivety on the European stage, something not usually attributed to the club, which was ranked number 1 in Europe by UEFA as recently as 2009.

Goals from Sergey Semak and Hulk have left Liverpool with a mountain to climb at Anfield, while sitting ninth in the Premier League this season, the Reds look set for a miserable campaign and possibly no European football at Anfield next season.

But despite Liverpool picking up just 1.38 points per game in the Premier League this season, an improvement for Rodgers on the 1.23 points per game he collected at Swansea last season, but less than his successor at the Liberty Stadium, Michael Laudrup, has managed at the same club this year, 1.42 points per game, Carragher is not laying the blame at the former Reading manager’s door.

"We have to get out of this mini slump we’re in quickly", the defender told his club’s official site.


"It’s not been Brendan Rodgers’ problem, consistency has been a problem here for a few years now.

"At the moment it’s down to ourselves, the manager and our coaching staff to get us out of it."

Liverpool have a chance to bounce back on Sunday, when Rodgers’ old club Swansea visit Anfield for a Premier League clash.

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