Brendan Rodgers has warned Liverpool fans to expect more days of ‘pain’ this season, as his side take time to adapt to life without Luis Suarez, reports Four Four Two.
Liverpool have made a poor start to the season, and go into today’s match with West Brom Albion in 14th place in the Premier League, and without a win in three.
Their Champions League defeat at the hands of FC Basel in midweek was a particularly poor display, and Rodgers has warned there is likely to be more to come as his side adapt to their latest transitional phase.
“I think the pain is for now. I think it’s unfortunate,” Rodgers said.
“It’s hard for the supporters and I understand that. It must be so difficult at the moment to see a team that for 18 months has been so fluent and dynamic.
“Now they probably look and see a team with maybe no resemblance to that in many ways. I understand that and there is no-one more frustrated than myself.”
“We look at our game, where we’re a big threat in transition when we’ve won the ball back and we’re on the break… but we don’t look a threat on the break at the moment,” Rodgers said.
The Northern Irishman remains positive that his side will improve once the new signings have settled and players have returned from injury, with the likes of Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Mario Balotelli and Lazar Markovic still finding their feet at the club, and Daniel Sturridge and Joe Allen proving major losses.
“You could argue that we don’t even play in transition. We’re getting no-one in behind, no-one breaking lines,” he continued.
“Once we lose that movement and speed of Sturridge – and the link up of other people within that – that has broken the dynamic a little bit for us.
“We just have to persevere until I get the squad back – until we get Emre Can back, Joe Allen, Daniel and the others. Then I think we will return to that level.
“With so many new players coming in this year, even though they understand the ideas and the principles you still want to work with them on the field and that time has been very limited.”
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