Vital Football

Latest Liverpool FC News

Liverpool: Rodgers Defends Players

Liverpool: Rodgers Defends Players

Kop boss Brendan Rodgers has refused to blame his players in the wake of last night's surprise home defeat to West Brom...

Liverpool's run of impressive home form - three straight wins with 10 goals scored and none conceded - came to an abrupt halt against West Bromwich Albion yesterday evening.

The 2-0 reverse was all the more surprising given the way the Reds had performed during recent back-to-back 2-2 away draws against Arsenal and Manchester City.

In truth the performance was not too bad and Liverpool again looked dangerous going forward, particularly in the first-half, but the visitors defended resolutely throughout and ultimately made Brendan Rodgers' side pay for a host of missed chances.

Gareth McAuley's header from a poorly marked 81st minute corner was the ultimate sucker punch; only moments earlier Steven Gerrard had seen a penalty, awarded for a contentious push on Luis Suarez by Jonas Olsson, brilliantly saved by Baggies keeper Ben Foster.

With Gerrard and co eagerly looking to make amends, substitute Romelu Lukaku grabbed a second on the break as the game ticked into injury time to condemn Liverpool to an 8th league defeat of the season.

Following the final whistle, Rodgers gave praise to the opposition but also defended the effort of his players.

"The players gave everything. We weren't at our best tonight, but we were certainly on the front foot and looking to create," analysed the 40-year-old at his post-match press conference.

"It was a good away performance from West Brom - if you come, defend and keep the score at 0-0, you're always in with that chance.

"Ben Foster made some brilliant saves tonight that kept them in the game.

"I'm disappointed for the players. They've been on a terrific little run, especially here at home.

"We've defended very well throughout the season here and we're disappointed with the [first] goal.

"The second goal was one where you're chasing the game and you get caught on the counter attack, and he's put it away well."

The result sees West Brom, managed by former Liverpool coach Steve Clarke, leapfrog the Reds in the table and complete a league double following their opening day 3-0 victory at the Hawthorns.

Liverpool, who now lie 9th and are 12 points behind the final Champions League spot, cannot afford to feel too sorry for themselves however as they quickly return to action with a Valentine's Day trip to Russia to take on Zenit St Petersburg in the Europa League.

Rodgers concluded: "We had two home games this week that we felt were opportunities for us.

"But we'll go again and get back in tomorrow. We've got a game away in the Europa League which we'll be ready for on Thursday and then come back, get ready and go again at the weekend."

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!

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football



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

Writer:Gavin Kelley-Day
Date:Tuesday February 12 2013
Time: 7:58AM

Best of Vital Network

Comments

0
It was a game very reminiscent of many a home match under Kenny Dalglish for me - we dominated proceedings but the longer it went on the worse we became and ultimately the late West Brom goals were predictable despite their lack of previous threat. Also, I'm surprised Rodgers alludes to a 'terrific' run in his comments - sure we had won our previous three at home convincingly but they were against Sunderland, Norwich and Fulham. Granted we played well against Arsenal and City but both matches were still only drawn despite the positive spin, and of course lets not forget sandwiched between everything was an embarrassing FA Cup exit to Oldham. we're making progress but it is very slow and clearly still a case of two steps forward, one step back for now.
The Bagman
12/02/2013 13:08:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Liverpool Articles

Liverpool: Stats Preview 15/16 - Swansea City (Away)

A selection of the best facts and stats as Liverpool prepare to take on Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium

Liverpool: Lawro Predicts 15/16 - Swansea City (Away)

Former Anfield defender Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to Sunday's Premier League fixture between Swansea City and Liverpool

Liverpool: Ref Watch 15/16 - Swansea City (Away)

The lowdown on the man in the middle for Sunday's trip to Swansea City

Liverpool: Injury Table 15/16 - Swansea City (Away)

Our weekly update looking at Liverpool's current injuries and those of all the other top flight clubs

Archived Vital Liverpool Articles

Vital Liverpool articles from

Site Journalists

Gavin Kelley-Day
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Who Will Reach The Europa League Final?
Suggested By: Editor
Liverpool90%
Villarreal10%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Leicester City 35 22 10 3 76 30
2 Spurs 35 19 12 4 69 39
3 Man City 35 19 7 9 64 32
4 Arsenal 35 18 10 7 64 24
5 Man Utd 34 17 8 9 59 12
6 West Ham 34 14 14 6 56 14
7 Liverpool 34 15 10 9 55 13
8 Southampton 35 15 9 11 54 12
9 Chelsea 34 12 11 11 47 7
10 Stoke 35 13 8 14 47 -14
11 Everton 34 9 14 11 41 5
12 Watford 34 11 8 15 41 -7
13 WBA 35 10 11 14 41 -11
14 AFC Bournemouth 35 11 8 16 41 -19
15 Swansea 35 10 10 15 40 -15
16 Crystal Palace 35 10 9 16 39 -9
17 Sunderland 34 7 10 17 31 -18
18 Norwich 34 8 7 19 31 -25
19 Newcastle 35 7 9 19 30 -26
R Aston Villa 35 3 7 25 16 -44
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Liverpool Results (view all)

Liverpool Fixtures (view all)

Apr 30 2016 12:45PM : Swansea City (a)
Barclays Premier League
May 7 2016 3:00PM : Watford (H)
Barclays Premier League
May 11 2016 8:00PM : Chelsea (H)
Barclays Premier League
May 15 2016 3:00PM : West Bromwich Albion (a)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.BigRed8310
2.The Bagman7
3.RDD7