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Brendan Rodgers aims transfer dig at Liverpool ahead of Man City showdown – Mirror Online, Mirror.co.uk

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Brendan Rodgers has taken a pot shot at Liverpool’s owners for not allowing him to boast a defense to succeed.

Northern Irish manager Rodgers was the Reds’ boss from June 2012 until he was sacked in October 2015 – during which time he led the club to seventh, sixth and second place finishes in the Premier League.

During his tenure at Anfield,Liverpoolwere known for having a less than solid back line – with 151 goals conceded in 123 Premier League matches in charge.

Rodgers was seemingly given funds to make defensive signings having splashed £ 20 million on center back Dejan Lovren, £ 15 m on Mamadou Sakho and Nathaniel Clyne and £ 9m on keeper Simon Mignolet.

Brendan Rodgers has accused Liverpool bosses of not giving him the tools to defend

The former Swansea manager has since turned Celtic and nowLeicester, who have shipped only 16 goals since he took over in February, in solid defensive sides.

And Rodgers has backed his record and hit out at Reds chiefs for not backing him.

“I think if you look when I was in Scotland [with Celtic] we had defensive records as well,” Rodgers said.

“At Liverpool of course we were very good going forward, you have to ask did I have the players to defend how we’d want to defend?

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“I think now at Liverpool they obviously invest a lot of money to get those types of players in.

“Here I’ve got a top-level center-half in Jonny Evans, a young player in Caglar [Soyuncu] beside him who’s amazing. We’ve got a top European goalkeeper. “

The Foxes are currently second in the Premier League table, but Rodgers has dismissed any thoughts of mounting

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Rodgers said: “I suppose we have thrown a hand grenade right into the middle of the top four.

“But we’re not thinking about the title race. We’re thinking about developing a team and improving the players. That is our only focus.

“Our job is to hope to be in the top four. I said when I came here that it would be great to play European football.

“Huge credit goes to the players. They are playing with confidence and they are playing with steel. ”

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