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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is prepared to leave players out if they do not display the club's hunger for success.

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Brendan Rodgers: Frustrated with Liverpool's inconsistent form

Brendan Rodgers: Frustrated with Liverpool's inconsistent form

The Reds slipped to a 3-1 defeat at Stoke on Boxing Day and Rodgers admits he is growing frustrated with his side's inability to produce consistent form in the Premier League.

Rodgers accepts he cannot ship out his under-performing stars next month, but he will drop players who fail to show the winning mentality which he feels is central to the club.

Speaking ahead of Sunday's game at QPR, he told the Daily Telegraph: "It's not easily solved.

"It's not like other sports where you can just tell someone 'that's it' and show them the door and they're gone. This is a club that pays big money.

"I'm not saying that about anyone in particular, but it takes that bit of time.

"To play for a club like this there are certain requirements you need. They are not just technical and tactical requirements. You can't have a good match for Liverpool and then three days later have a poor game. This is Liverpool. This is every game of your life.

"You play well on Saturday and then you have to play well in the next game. Then three days later you have to be at the top of your game again. You have to do that for years because that's why you are at a big club. The table doesn't lie. We are in 10th position."

Rodgers believes his team have proved they can hold their own with the big guns in the Premier League and hopes they can climb the table with a winning run.

"We've shown against many of the top teams that we have the game to compete. Against some of the other teams we have shown wonderful demonstrations," he said.

"But it has to be efficient and consistent. That's the single biggest word. We have boys that want to come in and work every day, but it has to be consistent."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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