Liverpool fans were left frustrated once again as their team fell 2-1 to Chelsea at Anfield. Brendan Rodgers, ever the eloquent speaker, definitely commiserated with their frustrations, but also held firm in his conviction that he has Liverpool on the right path.
"It is a difficult moment for us," Rodgers told the media after the match. "The changes raised a lot of criticism in the week. I can take that. I made the call.
"The players have been brilliant in their approach to the games but we the pressure is now on because we didn't get the results. I wouldn't have done anything different at all, we just didn't get the results. This week will be an experience for us and we can use that and go forward."
No matter his confidence, though, Rodgers is once more starting to come under fire for his decision making. After a heavily-rotated lineup played well against Real Madrid, most of the players who lead that performance went back to the bench. What followed was a largely uninspiring performance in the same, repetitive vein that we've seen far too many times this season.
Emre Can's early opener looked at first like Liverpool would be off to a bright start, but after the bizarre and frustrating equalizer minutes later, the side settled in to the same old drek. Rodgers looked visibly annoyed by the fans' frustrated reaction when he took off Philippe Coutinho, who had mostly been a bright performer on the day, to get another striker on in Fabio Borini.
"I didn't feel we were creating enough," he said of the decision. "I wanted to get an extra striker on to change the momentum. The fans were frustrated. We've lost three games on the spin now, they aren't used to that. I understand that there is that wee bit of frustration."
There's only one solution to that frustration, though: start playing better, and start winning matches. Lots of them. After expectations ran so high over the summer, Liverpool have fallen painfully flat during the season. Something, anything, needs to give before "a wee bit of frustration" turns in to something much more toxic in the fanbase's emotions.