Rodgers bats away rumours of dressing room discontent

Brendan Rodgers says a post-Arsenal meeting was no different to many of the others held at Liverpool FC.

A story in the Daily Mirror suggested that an irate Rodgers expressed his anger with several players at 'not playing for him' following the Arsenal game.

The newspapers report was light on details - only suggesting that 'Some senior players' angrily refuted the accusation and 'Some have been left disaffected in recent weeks'.

It also suggested that Balotelli himself had decided he wasn't fit to face Arsenal.

Speaking ahead of a crucial FA Cup Quarter Final replay against Blackburn, the Liverpool boss insisted these meetings were standard.

'Listen it's something you can't help.  We have lots of meetings here in terms of analysing performance.  It was no difference to a whole host of meetings we have had this year.

It's those meetings that enabled us to recover from a bad start.

We used it to feed forward to the players with 7 games to go and an FA Cup quarter final what the objectives are we can clearly achieve between now and the end of the season.  It's just unfortunate that something else was made up.

We can't wait to play again after the weekend's disappointment. We've analysed it and now moved on.'

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