Date: 27th January 2015 at 6:34pm
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Brendan Rodgers says his Liverpool side are fully prepared ahead of their Capital One Cup semi final second leg against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The tie is delicately poised at 1-1 following last weeks first leg at Anfield, and Rodgers said the preperations for the second leg began once the final whistle sounded against Bolton on Saturday.

Rodgers explained: “Like every game, we always analyse the performance. Normally, on a personal level, I’ll watch it afterwards, whether it’s on the way back or when I arrive home.

“I’ll always get the chance to analyse the performance, then with our coaching team and the analysts we’ll sit down and have a staff meeting.

“We look at the gameplan we went in with, both defensively and offensively, and in transition moments in the game – what our ideas were and were we effective in those areas?

“From that, we look at how the game itself went. Was there any remedial work from that game that we need to improve on? But also, very importantly, how we can reinforce the areas where were we very good.

“That was a game in particular that our possession of the ball was excellent, our positioning was very good, how we occupied spaces on the field was as we would want, and our attacking threat was a really high level.

“The only thing we missed was that finishing touch in the box. Straight after that, we analysed that and we had Bolton to prepare for; as soon as the final whistle went against Bolton, we were analysing and preparing for this game.

“We’re fully prepared for it. We have a meeting with the team to analyse and review a lot of the positive work that we did in the last game.

“Our presentation will then focus on little elements that we picked up from that game. Then we’ll have another couple of meetings before the game – all short, sharp, concise and to the point.”

The boss added: “I will look at two or three [starting] teams that they can play. They will obviously look at the game being at home and may want to take an extra defensive midfield player out and put in an attacker.

“That might leave the spaces open too much for us, with our numbers and quality. As the opposition coach, you’re always analysing – you’re thinking about ‘what if?’, ‘what will they play?’, ‘what might they play?’, ‘what could be the changes?’

“Likewise for your own team, how does the structure of the team set up? What if it’s not going so well, how can you adapt and change? As a coach, you’re always thinking about structures and formations, and ultimately to get a win.”


One response to “Rodgers says Liverpool are ready for Chelsea clash”

  1. Geoff Price says:

    Well this is now out of two cups and not going to win the leauge. So basically three competions leaving the FA Cup & the Europa Cup. So Mr know it all Rodgers what next, no signings needed you will make do with what you have,. If you had your nous about you during the summer things could have been different.

    I sincerely hope we can salvage something from this season, if not you have a lot to answer for.. We now here from your latest press statement that it is unlikely that their will be no buisness done in this transfer window, is it because the owners will not bankroll you again, after your dismal summer signings. So many things not right with you and the way this club waste money. Personally I think it’s time to wipe the slate clean, I was hoping it would have been in January it now looks it may well be in the summer for the clear out to begin.

    Don’t want to rant on too much longer, just pig sick with tonights result,and not forgetting you Mr Wonderful know it all Rodgers. YNWA