Liverpool condemned to first defeat by Saints, Suarez prepares for Man Utd
Liverpool were condemned to their first defeat of the season by Southampton at St. Mary’s Stadium on Saturday. The 1-0 scoreline at the final whistle doesn’t do justice in portraying how close Liverpool came close to scoring multiple times. Clearly the Reds were missing their coveted striker Luis Suarez, something manager Brendan Rodgers believes was the reason behind the defeat.
Dejan Lovern provided the Saints with the only goal on the game in the second-half. Liverpool came close equalizing a number of times after that, but they weren’t unable to save themselves from an unlikely upset.
As Liverpool’s first defeat in six month settles in, Suarez grows nearer to donning a Red jersey once again. The 10-match suspension on the Uruguay international for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has finally ended. The 27-year-old striker is now expected to return for Liverpool in the Capital One Cup match against Manchester United in the next couple of days.
Meanwhile, Rodgers insists the lone goal from Southampton didn’t threaten or disturb Liverpool’s eagerness to win and desire to remain on top. Rodgers further said that he was glad to finally have Suarez in the squad again.
“Sometimes players like him who are magical can make the difference in games like this,” Rodgers said. “The big positive from today is the fact he is back and the ban is finished.”
Suarez could be running on the field as soon as this Wednesday. Liverpool will start preparing for their midweek clash in the Capital One Cup against Manchester United on Monday. Rodgers believes Suarez is in good shape to give Liverpool a big edge over their archrivals.
“He is in good condition. He has been playing games behind closed doors and doing specific work with the conditioning team,” Rodgers said. “He's a worker and a fighter, and he just needs to get games to bring him up to full speed.”
Rodgers admits he is disappointed with the result of the game, but couldn’t deny the fact that his team had worked hard. Rodgers also admitted that it was “criminal” to give away an easy goal to Southampton even the defense comprised of four specialist center backs.
“Both were very disappointing. We never got going from the off. It was a bit lethargic,” Rodgers said. “Technically, we were short, and we looked flat and slow in our game. We gave away a really poor goal. To lose a goal like that was criminal.”