Rodgers laments over Liverpool’s poor show in 3-1 defeat to Southampton
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers rued over his side’s defeat to Premier League minnows Southampton on Saturday. The Saints managed to grab a shocking 3-1 victory over the Reds at St. Mary’s Stadium. Brendan Rodgers admitted his side weren’t as good as their opponents, who managed grab two early goals at their home.
Morgan Schneiderlin drew first blood in Southampton’s name in the sixth minute of the game. Rickie Lambert doubled Southampton’s lead in the 33 minute, but Philippe Coutinho cut down their lead to half by scoring in injury time of the first half. Jay Rodriguez added the third goal to Southampton’s tally, which was the last goal of the game.
“We just weren't very good. It was as simple as that,” Brendan Rodgers admitted. “If you start a game the way we started it then it is very difficult at this level to get back.
“We only started to play when we were 2-0 down. We got it back to 2-1 and we were better in the second half but then conceded another very poor goal. Today was a poor day at the office. The problem is we have to live with it for a couple of weeks now.”
Brendan Rodgers was most upset about the way his side defended. Southampton’s strike-force cut through Liverpool’s line of defense as if a knife through hot butter. The Saints kept on assaulting Liverpool’s defender, forcing Brendan Rodgers to put Joe Allen into the midfield at halftime.
Southampton could have easily come up with a couple of more goals, but they lost a couple of great goalscoring chances from both wings.
“When you concede the goals we conceded today it is always going to be difficult to win games,” Brendan Rodgers continued. “It's something I know that we need to improve. We need to develop as a group. Today we didn't defend or play as well as we can. I know the areas where we can improve.”