Brendan Rodgers on Liverpool’s growing pains: “There’s no magic formula”


A month into the 2014-15 season, Liverpool have so far failed to regain the impressive form they showed throughout last season

There are many reasons for this: no Luis Suarez, injuries, new players taking time to settle. The list goes on and on.

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What it all boils down to is that Brendan Rodgers’ side need time to gel and find their groove, and there’s plenty of time to do that as the season is still young. However, the inconsistent nature of their displays is worth delving deeper into.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday ahead of Liverpool’s trip to West Ham on Saturday (Watch live on NBC, 12:30 p.m. ET and online via Live Extra) Rodgers did just that.

“We’ll always find different ways to win games. There’s no magic formula, it’s constant work on the training field,” Rodgers said. “I remember this time last year I was asked if we were going to score enough goals and we ended up with 101 goals. We’ve had to bring in a lot of new players because of the demands of the Champions League so that naturally takes time and we’ve got players adapting to a new country.”

Rodgers is right, he has a ton of new players to integrate not only into Liverpool’s team and philosophy of play but also introduce them to playing in a new league in a new country. That’s not easy. On Tuesday night Liverpool got out of jail somewhat as they faced Bulgarian minnows Ludogorets in their UEFA Champions League Group B opener. Steven Gerrard’s last-gasp penalty kick gave the Reds a 2-1 win but growing pains emanated throughout a disjointed display.

With Daniel Sturridge expected back to training next week and Mario Balotelli off the mark with a goal versus Ludogorets, offensively things are looking up for the Reds. With other attackers such as Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic also finding their fitness, Rodgers will be hoping things start to click into place in the next few weeks. As we saw in Liverpool’s 3-0 demolition of Tottenham before the international break, their current squad is capable of dishing out top-notch displays. But as the laboring win over Ludogorets and shock defeat to Aston Villa prove, there is “no miracle” answer to stop these growing pains which could take a while to dissipate.