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Rodgers Irate, Dickov In Doubt

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has come across as unflappable so far during his trying spell as Reds boss.

But at times during his side’s shock FA Cup defeat to Oldham on Sunday, it seemed as if the Ulsterman was trying to flap his arms to fly away from the horrendous scene.

Rodgers had fielded a relatively young and inexperienced team, and it was an experiment that failed ridiculously.

And so he took umbrage at the spineless display his youngster put in, as they bombed out of the FA Cup in one of the weekend’s most unexpected results.

"We're bitterly disappointed," Rodgers said.

"We started and finished the first half poorly and started the second half poorly and got punished. Our mentality was poor and it cost us.

“I was really disappointed with our young players. We're trying to give them experience and let them see what it's like to play for Liverpool.

"If you are going to win trophies and go far then you need to come to places like Oldham and win. We were not good enough."

“We are learning,” Rodgers continued.

“It's great to put young players in but you have to have personality. Today our young players disappointed me."

Meanwhile, despite leading Oldham to one of their most historic victories, manager Paul Dickov faces the sack on Monday.

The Latics are battling relegation in League One, and the club’s board are reportedly reticent to keep Dickov in charge, lest he guide them to the drop.

"It's very awkward," said Oldham’s New York-based chairman, Simon Corney after the defeats of the Reds.

"We will have to chat about it tomorrow. Paul has his own decision to make. Days like this are great but the biggest thing is about staying in this division."

Dickov meanwhile, knows that despite his heroics, his time at Oldham is almost up.

Asked if he will be the club’s manager when Oldham face Everton in the next round of the FA Cup, he said: “I will be a manager.”


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