Coach forced to take team out for all-expenses meal.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been hit hard in the pocket due to the club’s recent run of good form.
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The Merseysiders’ head coach told his players that he would take them out for an all-expenses meal to a fine-dining restaurant if they recorded three straight victories, something the team achieved with recent wins over Queens Park Rangers, Sunderland and Mansfield Town.
And, Rodgers says that he will be happy to repeat the gift if his side manage to achieve wins against Oldham Athletic and Arsenal to back up their recent success against Norwich City.
“I took the players to San Carlo because I told them that, going into the new year, I would pay for lunch if we got three wins on the trot,” Rodgers said in his pre-match press conference.
“Maybe I should have tried it in August. When they won at Mansfield one of the first things they said in the changing room afterwards was: ‘You better get your money out.’
“Team spirit is important and, even though it was just a nice lunch, the more you are together and you can do that your spirit grows. The players enjoyed it so we have started the run again and it is me to pay again.
“I realised it could cost me when Glen Johnson was having apple tart. I might have to limit it to a main meal but I don’t mind, I will do anything to get us winning. We will stick at getting three wins for now and then, once I am out of money, we can increase the target.”
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