Liverpool handed shock defeat at the hands of West Brom
Brendan Rodgers was at a loss for words when he was asked to explain the reason behind Liverpool’s shocking 2-0 defeat at the hands of West Bromwich Albion on Monday night. The Anfield boss defended his men, although they were unable to score or come up with a clean-sheet at home.
In a match Liverpool dominated from kick-off till the final whistle it was surprising to see West Brom leave the ground with a 2-0 victory. The 77th minute penalty miss from Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard was the turning point of the game.
Gareth McAuley headed in the ball on a corner kick in the 81st minute to draw first blood. Ten minutes later Romelu Lukaku dribbled the ball past Daniel Agger to fire a shot between Pepe Reina’s legs to make the score 2-0.
Liverpool, who had the lion’s share of ball possession, came up with 25 shots on goal in comparison to West Brom’s five shots on goal. Liverpool also had 13 corner kicks, while West Brom were handed only five.
“The players gave everything,” Brendan Rodgers told Sky Sports. “It was one of those games where we just couldn’t make the breakthrough. The longer the game goes on the more likely it is that they nick one. I can’t fault the players’ efforts today, it was just one of those games where we couldn’t get the first goal.”
Brendan Rodgers admitted his side wasn’t at their best against West Brom. The Liverpool manager also had words of praise for West Brom shot-stopper Ben Foster. The goalkeeper denied Liverpool a couple of sure-shot goals.
“We weren’t at our best but we were certainly on the front foot and looking to create. Full credit to West Brom, [Ben] Foster’s made some brilliant saves,” Brendan Rodgers said. “It was a good away performance from them and the longer it was 0-0 the riskier it got.”
Steven Gerrard also received praise from Brendan Rodgers, even though he gave away Liverpool’s best chance at scoring a goal. Liverpool, who had won their past three games at Anfield, lost the opportunity to make a record under their new manager.
“I can’t blame Gerrard for missing the penalty, he had a fantastic game and he had the courage to step up and take it,” Brendan Rodgers continued. “I’m just disappointed that our good run, particularly at home, has come to an end.
“But we gave everything tonight and the keeper had a fantastic match. But we’ll go again, we’ve got an important game in the Europa League on Thursday and we’ll be ready for that.”