Kop boss Brendan Rodgers serves up a massive understatement in the wake of Liverpool’s shock 3-0 home defeat to West Ham United…
Liverpool’s positive start to the 2015-16 season ended in a rather abrupt and chastening manner on Saturday afternoon.
The Merseysiders were widely expected to prolong their unbeaten Premier League run against an injury and suspension hit West Ham United who hadn’t won at Anfield since 1963.
In reality however, things didn’t go according to plan and as early as the 3rd minute they were on the back foot when relative unknown Argentine Manuel Lanzini capitalised on a poor Martin Skrtel clearance to put the visitors in front.
Despite hitting a post through Roberto Firmino, Liverpool struggled to respond and they gifted the Hammers a second shortly before the half hour mark when Dejan Lovren dallied unnecessarily.
The afternoon went from bad to worse for the hosts when Philippe Coutinho saw red for two bookable offences shortly after the restart and, although they were also reduced to ten men late on, West Ham even added a third in stoppage time through Diafra Sakho.
Speaking at his post-match press conference, a shell shocked Brendan Rodgers revealed: “We were disappointing today.
“We arrived into the game with confidence high but when you give away a goal so early in the game, it gave West Ham the boost and the lift that they needed, because they have shown in their two games away from home now that they can sit in and defend in a low block well. That seemed to set us back a bit.
“We obviously then conceded a second goal, which was difficult to take. All of a sudden we were right up against it.
“Coutinho getting sent off, which I thought was extremely harsh, set us back. From that first period in the game, we never really got going.
“It was the overall performance. I felt we disappointed right from the off, really.
“Once we conceded that early goal, we just couldn’t get back into the game again. Our overall performance with and without the ball will be much better in the future.”
Expanding on how he would ensure an improvement when the Reds return to action against Manchester United in a fortnight’s time, Rodgers pointed to the importance of analysis.
“We’ll learn from it,” remarked the Northern Irishman. “In both winning and a defeat, we’ll always analyse every game, it’s not just when you lose.
“When we’ve won games and drawn games over the course of the first three, we’ve sat with the players and analysed the areas where we can improve and the good elements of it.
“So it’ll be no different to this game, it’s still the same. You have to be better and you want to be better in your next game and that’ll be the case once the players get back from international duty.”
Liverpool’s trip to Old Trafford is on Saturday September 12 but it will be undertaken without Brazilian star Coutinho, who will now serve a one-match ban.
On the dismissal, and that of West Ham’s Mark Noble, Rodgers added: “I don’t know what Philippe was booked for on the first one. And on the second one, you can see his two feet are nowhere near the player.
“Actually, their guy runs into Philippe so to get booked for that was very harsh.
“For Noble, I didn’t think it was a sending-off either.”
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