UK time is: 05:22:01
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Liverpool: Rodgers Bemoans Self-Inflicted Defeat

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has pinpointed sloppiness and missed chances as the main reasons for defeat to Aston Villa...

Liverpool's recent good form came to an abrupt and surprising holt at Anfield yesterday as lowly Aston Villa recorded a famous 3-1 victory.

The hosts had all the early possession and chances but goals on the break by the impressive Christian Benteke and youngster Andreas Weimann gave the Villains a 2-0 half time lead.

Another goal from Benteke shortly after the break cut short any hopes of a Liverpool fight-back and despite a late Steven Gerrard consolation the Reds were left to lick their wounds and digest another false dawn.

"It was a bad day at the office," Kop boss Brendan Rodgers told reporters in the post-match press conference.

"We're very disappointed and, I've got to be honest, I didn't see that coming. Our momentum and confidence coming into the game was as high as it's been.

"We had chances early on and didn't take them. We could easily have been 3-0 up in the game but we didn't make the final pass or have that bit of quality in the top end of the field, and then we went on to concede some poor goals.

"The first goal we gave the ball away in our half of the field, and then our positioning wasn't great - Benteke gets the shot in too easily. The second goal we never tracked the runners into the box and the third, again, we gave the ball away in our own half."

The result certainly puts a big dent in any hopes of the Merseysiders gate-crashing the top four this season which is something some fans and pundits were starting to consider as a possibility.

Much will be determined by the busy Christmas period which is now upon us and Liverpool must get over this result quickly and bounce back against Fulham next weekend.

"All week we've been talking about the possibility of top four but for us it's going to be steady progress," continued Rodgers.

"There are going to be steps forwards, like we've done in the last couple of weeks, and today we made a step backwards.

"The great hope with this group is that they are very honest. They're bitterly disappointed, we all are. But we'll go into next week's work, reflect on it, and make sure we come back next week and are bang on where we've been for a lot of the season, which has been a much greater intensity to our game."

Click here to read Vital Liverpool's match report of this game

Click here to see comprehensive match stats from the game

Follow me on Twitter @superbag

Not a Vital Liverpool member? It's a 100% free to join and get involved. Plus it only takes a few moments to sign up. Click here to become a member now!




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Gavin John Day Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday December 16 2012

Time: 1:08PM

Your Comments

self inflicted my arse. We had a strike force liverpool didn`t.
Bikini Inspector
I tend to agree @Bikini Inspector. We were sloppy at times but there is no denying the quality of Villa's goals and by comparison our lack of cutting edge.
The Bagman
ya hello pool fans.. I am a villa fan, I am obvioulsy delighted with the result. but i am a little peeved at Rodgers comments ... he makes reference to conceding "sloppy goals" and "poor goals" I think thats a little harsh no? especially the second goal i don't think anyone would call that a sloppy or poor goal ? The other thing about this is it is merely just one game, one result.1/38th of the final puzzle for the season Rodgers is the way to go for liverpool, they are improving but time is needed.
Colonius81
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Liverpool Articles

Archived Liverpool Articles

List All Vital Liverpool Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Q.P.R. 2 - 3 Liverpool
Liverpool 2 - 1 WBA
Liverpool 1 - 1 Everton
West Ham 3 - 1 Liverpool
Liverpool 0 - 1 Aston Villa
Spurs 0 - 3 Liverpool

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
2. Man City 8 5 2 1 10 17
3. Southampton 8 5 1 2 14 16
4. West Ham 8 4 1 3 4 13
5. Liverpool 8 4 1 3 1 13
6. Man Utd 7 3 2 2 3 11
7. Arsenal 8 2 5 1 2 11
8. Swansea 8 3 2 3 1 11

Breaking League News

West Brom (a) - Stat Attack
Man Utd : 20/10/2014 01:00:00
Aside From The PR
Newcastle : 19/10/2014 23:16:00
Ashley And The Modern Day Monopoly
Newcastle : 19/10/2014 22:41:00
Newcastle : 19/10/2014 22:19:00
Report - Stoke City 2-1 Swansea City
Swansea : 19/10/2014 21:55:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Who Was MOTM vs. QPR?
Suggested By:  The Bagman
Simon Mignolet 25%
Glen Johnson 0%
Martin Skrtel 0%
Dejan Lovren 0%
Jose Enrique 0%
Emre Can 0%
Steven Gerrard 0%
Jordan Henderson 0%
Adam Lallana 0%
Raheem Sterling 0%
Mario Balotelli 25%
Joe Allen (sub) 0%
Philippe Coutinho (sub) 50%
Kolo Toure (sub) 0%