Rodgers confounded by Liverpool’s embarrassing home defeat to Aston Villa
The Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers admits he just can’t figure out how Liverpool manages to record poor results in a game, in spite of excellent statistics and good efforts. The young gaffer was confounded after Liverpool went down 3-1 to Aston Villa at Anfield on Saturday.
Brendan Rodgers confessed he was bemused but the uncharacteristically pathetic performance by Liverpool. The former Swansea manager also promised to fix wherever Liverpool went wrong against Aston Villa.
The shock defeat at Anfield cost Liverpool expensive points, since the Reds were just four points away from entering becoming one of the Top Four in the English Premier League.
Liverpool went down after Christian Benteke drew first blood by netting the ball in the 29th minute of the game. Andreas Weimann provided Aston Villa with the second goal before Christian Benteke scored his second goal to seal the victory for the Lions.
Steven Gerrard scored on a cross from Glen Johnson towards the end of the game, but his feat was nothing more than a condolence goal for the Reds.
“It’s a disappointing result and performance from us,” Brendan Rodgers told BBC Sport in an interview after the game.
“I don’t know where that came from as it’s not been like us. We were careless with our final ball and didn’t end up taking our chances.
“We will have to take that as a bad day at the office and move on. I felt today we probably weren’t quite sharp enough.
“It was a clear penalty [when Ciaran Clark pulled Daniel Agger's shirt] and if you get that it is 2-1 and the pressure can start to build.
“But they got their third and we went a bit flat. Overall, we didn’t do enough and we must learn from it and move on.”
Liverpool are scheduled for a couple of easy games in the next couple of weeks. The Reds will host Fulham before a trip to Stoke City and Queens Park Rangers. Liverpool will host Sunderland for the first game of the season. Afterwards they will travel to Old Trafford for the mouthwatering derby against archrivals Manchester United.