Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers tried to focus on the positives after a 3-0 hammering at the hands of Manchester United but could come up with a few good moments.
Despite losing the game, Liverpool created a lot of chances which was probably the only positive that their fans and the manager could take away from the game. Rodgers deployed a very attack minded team and it played dividends as his side looked the better team in the opening few minutes. However, United’s counter attacking play came back to haunt the Merseysiders.
Rodgers revealed after the game, “I don’t think we deserved to be on the end of the scoreline but they were probably much more clinical when they needed to be. It’s not often you come here and create that many chances. We won here 3-0 last year and probably didn’t even create half of the opportunities. For the goalkeeper to get man of the match tells you everything.
“It was a side of the game I was looking for the team to improve on – we created more chances today than what we have done for maybe five or six games, so I was pleased with that aspect but obviously disappointed with the first and third goals we conceded. The second one was clearly offside and was a poor decision at a critical time in the game.
“I don’t think with the players we had and how they worked, we could have done anymore. If we don’t make mistakes, the game is much closer.”
Liverpool had as many as nine shots on target and a total of 19 shots but failed to convert any of them as David De Gea’s brilliance denied them, “We had enough chances to get something from the game and it probably epitomised what our season has been like – there have been nowhere near enough goals in the team and that puts pressure on you in the games. When you concede then you sometimes think you can’t get the goals, and that has clearly been an issue for us.
“You come here and create so many chances, you’d expect to score at least two or three of those, but it wasn’t to be. The players kept going and they gave everything into the game, but we just couldn’t find the goal that could get us back into the game.”
Sterling had a good game despite missing a few chances, feels Rodgers
Rodgers went with 3-4-3 formation and tried to attack Manchester United with pace up front. Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli were on the bench and Raheem Sterling was preferred ahead of them. Although he missed some good chances for his side, Rodgers was happy with the youngster’s performance who was leading the line for the 1st time at Liverpool, “We changed the shape of the team and played 3-4-3 to try to get more bodies in the central area in the final third of the field, and give us an extra body to build the game from behind. We had speed on the sides that could go and support that.
“I thought the kid [Sterling] was outstanding today. I asked him to play central, where he could move across the line and penetrate in behind or come in short.
“I thought he was outstanding at that. He got himself chances. His first chance came when Adam played a great pass in and he’s hit it off his left side, but De Gea’s made a great save. He’s had other chances when he’s anticipated and ran through.
“He’s a wonderful young player. There will be a point where he will get a breather and a rest. But at this moment in time, he’s our main catalyst in the team and he still looks fresh. He’s working very well.”
The defeat leaves Liverpool in 10th position, seven points behind West Ham who occupy the last Champions League spot. They will next play on Wednesday as they face Bournemouth in the Capitol One Cup before returning to Anfield to face Arsenal on Sunday.