GUARDIAN – Brendan Rodgers: Liverpool have it up front but defence still a problem

Simon Mignolet urged to take more responsibility Rodgers linked with the former Barça keeper Víctor ValdésBrendan Rodgers conceded the defensive brittleness that undermined Liverpools title challenge last season is still a problem following Aston Villas merited 1-0 victory at Anfield.The Liverpool manager cited a lack of quality up front for his sides second defeat of the Premier League season but was also highly critical of the defending that enabled Gabriel Agbonlahor to score the ninth-minute winner. Liverpool have kept only one clean sheet in their last 10 matches, last season included, and Rodgers was unhappy at the roles of Mamadou Sakho and Dejan Lovren in the Villa goal. As well as the two centre-halves, Rodgers admitted the goalkeeper Simon Mignolet needs to take greater responsibility. Continue reading…