Brendan Rodgers has rubbished reports of a dressing room revolt at Liverpool and insisted there was no crisis meeting on Sunday.
It was claimed in a national newspaper that Rodgers accused several players of not playing for him following Saturday’s 4-1 Premier League hammering at Arsenal.
Senior players were said to have taken exception to the Liverpool manager’s comments, but Rodgers played down talk of unrest at Anfield.
He said in a press conference on Monday: “We have lots of meetings. It was no different to ones we have had all season. It was nothing.”
Liverpool appear unlikely to secure a UEFA Champions League spot after back-to-back defeats in crunch clashes with Manchester United and Arsene Wenger’s men.
Rodgers does not feel that his players are overawed by the big occasions and stressed that Liverpool remain a work in progress.
“We are at where we’re at. I don’t think it’s a mental barrier. We’re adapting and learning,” he said.
“We didn’t start well at Arsenal, and that’s more on ourselves. We haven’t created in the last four games.”
Rodgers revealed that Mario Balotelli (knee) faces late a fitness test ahead of Wednesday’s FA Cup quarter-final replay at Blackburn Rovers.