Swansea City defender Neil Taylor says it is no surprise Liverpool’s former Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers is under pressure following his side’s form so far this season.
Rodgers guided the Reds to a second place finish in last season’s Premier League, but now sees his side languishing in tenth place after an up and down start to the 2014/15 season. And Taylor is not surprised to see the Reds drop down the table following the sale of Luis Suarez and injury absence of Daniel Sturridge.
“Once they lost them they lost a big part of their team,” said Taylor.
“People got excited because Liverpool were playing football that they were playing back in the years. People thought they were really back as a football club and as a team.
“But you lose those two up front, it’s as simple as that. That’s the answer. If you lose Suarez and lose Sturridge to injury, then you lose most of your team.
“You’re only as good as your strikers sometimes. That’s hard to fill, unless you go and spend £60-70m on strikers again.
“Football goes up and down, but luckily I think this season a lot of teams are sticking with their managers throughout, from the top to the bottom, which is great to see because it gives people time to turn things around.” the Welsh defender said.
And Taylor is looking forward to helping his side in their quest to win at Anfield for the first time ever tonight, but has warned his team-mates not to take the Reds lightly.
“They’re still very good going forward. They still create a lot of chances in games, they just haven’t been finishing,” he said.
“At Anfield it’s always tough, they’ll always create chances.
“But you maybe feel now that when you play against Liverpool that you’re going to get chances yourself and maybe you can get something.
“We’ve been in the league four years now so we like to think we’ve played everywhere, we know what is required at each place, or we think we know what is required. It doesn’t always go the way you want it to.
“If we can get the crowd on their back, we know there is big pressure on them. It is a massive club to try and perform at, so hopefully we can do that and get a result.” he concluded.