Earning themselves their first win at Anfield since the early sixties, West Ham United exposed a Liverpool side all too willing to pat themselves on the back for racking up three clean sheets on the hop. Poor all over the field, but especially abysmal at the back, there’ll be questions to answer from everyone involved with boss Brendan Rodgers showing his frank displeasure with the performance during his post-match interview.
“We were disappointing today,” was the Northern Irishman’s honest assesment of what he saw at Anfield yesterday. “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,” he continued. “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.”
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That, of course, hardly tells the tale with Liverpool nowhere near a level bordering acceptable even with the Brazilian on the pitch. Mustering only a single shot on target from a measly 13-attempts, the Reds were restricted to long-range efforts and half chances throughout, often caught launching speculative balls up the pitch to a double-teamed Christian Benteke as they tried to muster an attacking rhythm. Suffice it to say, they failed miserably.
“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,” explained the Reds boss. “Up until today, the morale and confidence has been really high and we’ve been developing and improving. We know today a lot of it was self-inflicted in relation to the result. We gave poor goals away and that was the biggest disappointment,” conceded Rodgers. I’m lucky that I work with a very honest group who work very hard on the training field. There’s a lot of analysis behind that as well and we’ll now get ready for the next game. At this level, you have to be able to bounce back – and that’ll be the job in the next game.”