Why Rodgers is struggling – and where it has gone wrong for Liverpool

Brendan Rodgers said what any manager would say in the circumstances. He does a fine line in parables, the Liverpool manager; statements that verge on the mystic, all delivered in that very deliberate, meaningful whisper of his.

This time, though, there was no opportunity to talk about building an aircraft while flying, or training dogs, or living without hope. This time, he had no choice.

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