first_img How much blame does Brendan Rodgers deserve for Liverpool’s defensive woes? We take a look at his record with previous clubs Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has established a considerable reputation since his first job at Watford in 2008, but with criticism mounting following Liverpool’s continuing defensive woes, talkSPORT takes a look at his ‘goals against’ record throughout his league managerial career.Watford: 2008/2009 – 38 goals conceded in 26 games, 1.46 goals per gameRodgers left Chelsea in order to become the manager at Vicarage Road.The Hornets conceded an average of 1.46 goals per game that season, but despite winning only two of his first 10 league games, they finished 13th in the Championship, avoiding relegation.Reading: 2009 – 33 goals conceded in 21 games, 1.57 goals per gameWeeks after ensuring Watford’s survival, Rodgers replaced Steve Coppell at Reading to rejoin his old club.Despite a good start, a string of poor results followed and the Northern Irishman left by mutual consent shortly before Christmas.During his tenure, Reading conceded 33 goals in 21 games, averaging 1.57 goals against per game.Swansea: 2010-2012 – 97 goals conceded in 87 games, 1.11 goals per gameRodgers moved to the South Wales club in 2010 and guided them to the Premier League in his first season, the first Welsh club to be promoted to the top flight since it was rebranded in 1992.The Swans conceded 46 goal in 49 games in the Championship en route to the Premier League (including play-offs), and that remains the only season where a Rodgers managed side has averaged under one goal per game against, at 0.93.In the top flight, Swansea impressed during their debut season playing expansive football, but they still averaged 1.11 goals per game against with the emphasis on attack rather than defence.Liverpool: 2012-2014 – 105 goals conceded in 84 games, 1.25 goals per gameRodgers brand of football and fledgling reputation earned him an opportunity as Liverpool’s new manager, replacing club legend Kenny Daglish.Liverpool finish seventh in his first season, conceding 43 goals, but that was the same number as that year’s champions, Manchester United.It was last season when Rodgers’ defensive deficiencies came under most criticism, despite finishing second in the table, with Liverpool’s poor backline attributed to their failed pursuit of a first title in 24 years.The Reds scored 101 goals during the campaign, the third highest haul in the Premier League era, but they also became the first Reds team since 1914/15 to concede 50 goals in a 38-game season and no team made more errors leading to attempts and goals than Rodgers’ side.So far this season, Liverpool have conceded 12 goals in eight league games and look increasingly vulnerable defensively.VerdictWhile the Northern Irishman has quite rightly been lauded for his teams’ style of play, defensive woes have been endemic not just at Liverpool but throughout his career.This season, the Reds have kept just one clean sheet in their last 18 matches despite investing heavily in the likes of Dejan Lovren and Alberto Moreno.The release of Agger now appears to have been premature and Liverpool lack the defensive strength to balance their emphasis on attack, for which Rodgers must take responsibility.Last season their incredible goal scoring was enough to inspire a brave title challenge, but this year they are simply not as lethal in attack.A possible solution could to bring back Jamie Carragher as a coach to help resolve their defensive issues.The former England international has been sorely missed since his retirement and given his affiliation to the club, he may be the ideal solution enabling Rodgers to focus on Liverpool’s attacking play.Liverpool fans, how much blame does Brendan Rodgers deserve for Liverpool’s defensive problems? Do you think Jamie Carragher should return in a coaching capacity? Comment below… 1last_img