Liverpool FC manager Brendan Rodgers had a tough task of addressing the press after the Anfield side crashed to a morale-crushing 3-0 defeat to West Ham at home. Rodgers bemoaned the individual errors that cost the game and red card to Philipe Coutinho, who will now miss the Manchester United game post international break.
Liverpool FC made a decent start to the new season, until last night. West Ham’s early goal undone the plan of Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, who had set up hoping to keep their fourth clean sheet in as many games.
Individual mistakes were at the forefront in each of the three goals, as Liverpool crashed to their first defeat at home to West Ham since 1963.
Speaking post the loss, Rodgers said that the individual errors cost the Reds dear. He also said that Coutinho should not have been sent off.
Early goal the dampener, individual mistakes to the forefront of the damage.
Liverpool FC conceded a goal within the first 3 minutes, undoing the plan of the manager who had put out a sum total of 7 defensive players in the line up, with Emre Can, instead of James Milner, playing the furthest forward in midfield. All three Liverpool FC goals were down to individual error, with the pick of the one coming from Dejan Lovren who was labelled as a potential ‘world class’ defender by Rodgers pre-game.
Stating that the early goal dampened his plan, Rodgers was quoted saying by the club’s official website:
a We were disappointing today. We went in with confidence high but when you give away a goal so early it gave West Ham a boost,a he said.
a I think it was the overall performance with and without the ball. We disappointed right from the off.
a Once we conceded that early goal we just couldna t get back into the game.
a The morale and confidence has been really high and they have been developing and improving. A lot of it today was self-inflicted. We gave poor goals away and that was the biggest disappointment.a
‘Coutinho red-card harsh’
Liverpool FC’s architect-in-chief Philippe Coutinho will miss the crucial Manchester United game due to suspension after being sent off for two yellows.
West Ham also had their captain Noble sent off. Labeling both the sending off as ‘harsh’, Rodgers said: a I thought both sending-offs were very harsh
“He must have real good ears Kevin if he could hear (dissent for Coutinhoa s first caution) because there was some distance . If he has been booked for that Ia ll be surprised but it looked like that when I saw the replay.a