Brendan Rodgers has hit back at Jamie Carragher’s comments, after the former Reds defender claimed Liverpool were mentally weak following Sunday’s defeat to Crystal Palace.
Liverpool face a crucial Champions League clash in Bulgaria this evening, knowing a fifth consecutive defeat will all but end their hopes of qualifying for the last 16.
And Rodgers used his pre-match press conference to hit back at the claims his side lacked character.
“We hear criticism of the team, but this team has character – it showed it last season – it’s got resilience,” he said.
“OK, we will concede more than we would like at times but you can’t question the character.
“It can’t be criticised. We have players who’ve shown they have spirit.
“It’s a comment that’s been made of course – it’s something that happens when you’re paid to be critics, well not critics, but to assess the team.
“When you lose games what I’ve learnt is people will say they want and that’s what comes,” he added.
“I’ve said before whether criticism is deserved, or not, you won’t like it, but you just have to ignore it. You just have to not listen to it.
“I have a team full of characters, full of people fully committed and hopefully that’s something that will improve.”