Brendan Rodgers says ‘old pitch’ at Anfield is hurting Liverpool

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Brendan Rodgers is digging deep into Santa’s bag to find an excuse for Liverpool’s poor play this season.

Instead of citing the lack of scoring, shaky goalkeeping or suspect defense, Rodgers has called out the pitch at Anfield for hindering Liverpool’s style of play.

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Following Liverpool’s dramatic 2-2 draw against Arsenal over the weekend, the Reds’ boss said he is looking forward to having a new pitch laid down at Anfield during renovations this sumner.

We will be getting a new pitch next summer to help the speed of our game.

It is an old pitch that has not been upgraded for some years and it can be a disadvantage for us. It is difficult to play one-touch football on it.

It is nothing to do with the ground staff at the club or at Melwood, who are outstanding, it is just because the pitch is old. We will do the best on it until the end of the season.”

As Liverpool sit tenth on the table and 20 points behind leaders Chelsea, you have to shake your head at Rodgers blaming the pitch for some of the club’s problems. There was no mention of a poor pitch at this time last season, as Liverpool sat at the top of the table on Christmas en route to a second place finish in the Premier League.

Luckily for Rodgers and the Reds, Liverpool play away at Burnley on Boxing Day. If his side drops points, maybe he will blame the loud supporters at Turf Moor?