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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