Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers says Liverpool's defensive problems are down to their lack of continuity.REUTERS

Brendan Rodgers says the changes to his back four have been the cause of Liverpool's defensive woes of late.

The Reds are currently fourth in the table but are level on points with Tottenham and should they miss out on Champions League football it will be particularly disappointing given their excellent start to the season.

Rodgers' side overcame a tricky run of fixtures over the festive period but with injuries to his defenders building up Liverpool have looked increasingly exposed at the back, having conceded three goals against Stoke and two against Aston Villa in recent games.

While the attacking line-up have been able to compensate for such defensive mistakes Rodgers says he believes that creating more continuity will be key to the side getting back to their best.

"It's certainly been nothing systematic," he told the Liverpool website when asked about the side's defensive problems of late.

"We've made individual errors this season and I think part of that has been about the balance of the back four, which has been difficult because we've had so much change.

"But the players have still done very, very well. We had a meeting this morning about heading into the next number of games having that stability in the team, which is important.

"As much as we want to be offensive, it's very important to have that tactical discipline and as I've said, we've got players here who have a strong mentality. As well as scoring goals, we want to be defensively sound."

With a week left in the transfer window Rodgers may identify defensive talent that can help the side in their mission for a top four finish. The Reds are also still within grasp of a possible title push, sitting eight points off leaders Arsenal with 16 games left to play this season.