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Liverpool: Decisions Costing Us - Rodgers

Following Liverpool's defeat to Tottenham Hotspur last night, Reds manager Brendan Rodgers has bemoaned a lack of luck and refereeing decisions...

Liverpool's unbeaten eight-match run in the Premier League came to a frustrating end in the capital yesterday when they succumbed 2-1 to Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

The hosts took an early two-goal lead through Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale but the Reds battled back gamely and will feel they could easily have got something from the contest.

As well as forcing an own-goal from Gareth Bale in the 72nd minute, Liverpool had plenty of possession, corners and two decent penalty shouts for fouls on Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez which were ignored by referee Phil Dowd.

Commenting in his post-match press conference on the penalty decisions, Kop boss Brendan Rodgers said: "I thought we should have had two. It's incredible.

"We haven't had a penalty [this season]. All the stats will tell you we've been in the penalty box as much as anyone.

"We know we need to be more clinical but to arrive at this stage of the season and not have had a penalty - I don't know what the players have to do!

"Gerrard's was nearly assault, how was that not a penalty? Second one, Suarez spins and William Gallas swings his left foot and he goes down.

"Nothing's going for us and that's how it's been throughout the season. I could go through a whole raft of penalty and offside decisions that are actually pretty straightforward...

"It racks up the points and I hear people and pundits say it evens itself out over the season - so the second half of the season we're going to get a lot of decisions."

The result sees Liverpool slip to 12th in the table with only 16 points from their 14 games played. Despite the disappointment of defeat and the club's current standing in the league, Rodgers remained upbeat.

The 39-year-old feels his team are doing a lot of things right and if they keep performing to their current standard then the victories needed to climb the table will soon come.

"I've got to say, you'll struggle to come here, play as well as that and not get anything. I thought the players were outstanding, we would have been disappointed to have got only a point having played so well.

"The performance level and our tempo and rhythm were relentless. If we keep playing like that, we'll climb up the table.

"Steven Gerrard was magnificent tonight, his leadership and the way he drove the team, the quality of his passing, his responsibility and leadership was great."

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Writer: Gavin Kelley-Day Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday November 29 2012

Time: 1:20PM

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It seemed more like Liverpool's total inability to live with Spurs in the opening 20 minutes cost them the game, not the referee. Spurs cantered into a 2-0 lead and then seemed at a loss about what to do for the next 75 minutes, and it nearly cost them, which would have been a pity. It was a good game, though. I enjoyed how we made Steven Gerrard look stupid.
When a manager starts claiming clean tackles are stonewall penalties its a sign he's feeling the pressure. Games aren't decided by the number of passes or the amount of possession, they're decided by goals. Spurs scored three, Liverpool none. The fact that own goals are Liverpool's second highest scorer tells you everything.
Rodgers stop moaning for god's sake man. Yes you played well in the second half and yes we were hanging on a bit at the end. Two pens, no way, dodgy fall by Dempsey good shout. Should you have been reduced to ten men, possibly. It's all if's and but's so man up and move on. Well played Liverpool anyway.
Andre's Crouching
My initial reaction to the Suarez one was penalty. But actually Gallas kicked the ball, not Luis. And the Gerrard one is odd, very little contact between him and Dembele, then Dembele gets his foot on the ball. Neither was a penalty. Though Dempsey did dive for Spurs' second, you could argue Skrtel could of been sent off for a high tackle from behind on Demspey later on. In the end, it was chance creation that hurt Liverpool, no the ref. If you only create one clear cut chance, you aren't going to win football matches.
Tactically Challenge
Rodgers is starting to sound like Dalglish! Christ what a moaner. Starting to think that the obnoxious Hillsborough chants about "always the victim" is now more appropriate for describing the attitude of the club!

Neither was a penlty - Sterling could asily have been yellowed a couple of times, Skrtel was lucky not to be sent off for scything Bale down, Bale was booked (and Spurs denied a freekick in a very dangerous position) when th replays from the othr side clearly showed that Bale was actually caught. Stop impersonating Beetroot Head over at OT, Brendan!
To be honest I haven't seen the game so cannot comment on these particular incidents but we've certainly been on the wrong end of decisions in other games that have cost us of late. As @jod points out though, the lack of creation and goals is to blame way more than any poor decision making on the part of officials. January cannot come soon enough for us!
The Bagman
Don't get me wrong, it must be tough being a Liverpool fan right now. You're better than mid table but Rodgers is doing a great job with what he has to work with. I don't think it will help Rodgers case though if he starts the whinging and moaning especially when the cameras can prove him to be wrong. I've seen 4 or 5 penalties not given to Spurs this season and I'm sure you've had your share fair. Nobody likes a victim though and I hope Rodgers learns from it and doesn't go down the same path as other managers have. With investment in the playing squad I actually think you have a manager who can turn around your fortunes.

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