Rodgers endures day to forget

Brendan Rodgers admits Liverpool endured ‘a bad day at the
office’ as they suffered a 3-1 home defeat to Aston Villa.

The Reds began the game brightly enough, with opportunities to
break the deadlock created but spurned.

Rodgers’ side were made to pay for their inability to turn
possession into goals when Christian Benteke fired the visitors in
front.

A second from Andreas Weimann and another from Benteke put
Liverpool out of sight, ensuring a late reply from Steven Gerrard
counted for little, and Rodgers was forced to admit at the final
whistle that his team had allowed their standards to dip following
a recent upturn in fortune.

“I think that will be the growth and the process with the group
– it’s never linear, it’s never straight up,” he told Sky Sports on
the up and down nature of Liverpool’s season.

“It’s a disappointing result for us and performance, which I
didn’t really know where that was coming from because it’s out of
context with the way we have been performing.

“We had the opportunities to be two or three goals up early on
in the game, but were careless with our final ball and didn’t end
up taking the chances. It’s always the danger if you don’t take the
opportunities, you can get punished.

“Aston Villa came and defended well and when they got the goals,
they weren’t having to come out and chase the game. It was
important for us to try and get the first goal today, to try and
get Aston Villa out, but it wasn’t to be.

“We didn’t quite have the intensity and the quality to our game
today. We just need to take that as a bad day at the office and
move on.”

Pressure

Liverpool have struggled to generate positive results at Anfield
in 2012, but Rodgers claims to have taken plenty of positives from
the performances he has overseen.

He added: “To be fair, apart from the Arsenal game, we have been
good here at home and we have created chances.

“I just felt today that we weren’t quite sharp enough with our
final pass. I thought today was a lot different to many of our
performances this season at home.

“Today we weren’t as intense with our pressure without the ball
and unfortunately we didn’t take the chance to win a home
game.”

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