Liverpool's Brendan Rodgers Right Not to Dwell on Kolo Toure Blunder

Max Munton@thisisanfieldLiverpool CorrespondentFebruary 3, 2014

Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers walks to the technical area prior to kick off for their English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at the White Hart Lane stadium in London, Sunday, Dec.15, 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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Brendan Rodgers claimed he will “never criticise players for trying to play football,” as per Sky Sports, after seeing Kolo Toure squander Liverpool’s lead against West Brom on Sunday.

Toure’s inexplicable pass across the face of Liverpool’s penalty area on 67 minutes was pounced upon by Victor Anichebe, who confidently took his gift and equalised for the Baggies.

Whatever way you look at it, Toure’s error cost Liverpool the three points. It may not have been a pretty victory in the making, but an away trip to the Hawthorns in early February isn’t going to be easy for any Premier League side.


Moaning Gets You Nowhere

Full time and the points being shared was met with disappointment, frustration and some anger by the traveling fans, yet Rodgers, with his calm and collected nature, chose not to dwell on the mistake which cost his side the win. 

Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Rodgers defended his side’s decision to build play from the back even though, coupled with West Brom pressure, it contributed to Toure’s costly mistake.

We like to build the game and construct play from behind and sometimes it will cost you and today was unfortunately one of those days.

Kolo Toure has been brilliant since he's been here. He's been a real leader, an outstanding professional and, unfortunately, it was a mistake.

It’s not the first mistake Toure has made in his career, and it probably won’t be the last either. At 32 years old, the Ivorian international knows what he did wrong and what he can do to avoid making the same mistake again.

He doesn’t need Rodgers to explain that to him.


Refreshing Breed of Manager 

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Rodgers’ positive and constructive outlook on any result is both refreshing and productive for Liverpool.

As fans grumbled in the stands and took to social media to bemoan a lack of creativity, deep play and indecisiveness, the Northern Irishman looked to the next game and how his side can adjust for a better outcome next time out.

Rodgers constantly looks at the bigger picture too, accepting that sour results such as the draw at West Brom are part and parcel of any team's league campaign. 

The negative comments that some managers come out with after games is in no way helpful to their players for moving on from a disappointing result.

Jose Mourinho is a recent example of this, choosing to bemoan Sam Allardyce’s West Ham side’s “19th century” tactics, as per Ben Bloom of The Telegraph, when the Hammers claimed a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge. 

Meanwhile, David Moyes admitted, "I don't know what we have to do to win,” as per Alex Richards of the Mirror, after his side’s 2-1 defeat at Stoke City at the weekend. This is a man who is paid tens of thousands of pounds weekly whose first job is to understand why his team aren’t winning and then do something about it.

Rodgers, however, chose to look ahead to his side’s end-of-season run-in, as per

We've got 14 games to go and we're still in a great position, with big games to play, and the squad is very focused on our objectives. I'm very happy with the players that I have here and we'll fight right until the end to arrive where we want to. 

As man management and player psychology go, Rodgers’ positive and constructive, rather than positive and negative, comments form the basis of a winning mentality in any form of management.