Udinese defeats Liverpool 3-2 – Reds on the right path but with tons of misery
Two steps forward and three steps back – that has been Liverpool’s story since the arrival of their new manager Brendan Rodgers. Liverpool has been moving in the right direction under Brendan Rodgers, even though Reds have mostly recorded poor results.
Liverpool’s Europa League defeat to Udinese is another episode of their unfortunate tale. Liverpool acquired a brilliant start to the game with Jonjo Shelvey spilling first blood in the 23rd minute of the game.
The Reds dominated the game till half-time was called by the referee. Antonio Di Natale somehow managed to put one back for Udinese after the game resumed. Udinese’s lead was doubled in the 70th minute due to an own goal from Liverpool.
Giovanni Pasquale scored two minutes later to record three goals for Udinese. A couple of minutes later Luis Suarez scored for Liverpool. The score-line remained at 3-2 till the end of the game.
“It's quite straightforward. We were very, very good in the first half and the problem we had in the first 15 or 20 minutes of the second half had been with us since the start of the season,” Brendan Rodgers told ITV4.
“We lose concentration and become lazy and in that period we go 3-1 down. We just concede goals too easily, that's something we need to improve on. We can't have to score three, four or five goals to win games.
“We're just disappointed after such a good first half to give away such poor goals in the second half to leave us chasing the game.”
Brendan Rodgers was admitted he was disappointed by the results against Udinese because he knew Liverpool played well. Liverpool had 21 strikes on goal from which 16 were on target in comparison to Udinese’s eight strikes on goal and five shots on target.
Moreover, Liverpool had the lion’s share of possession. Liverpool can boast about making more plays and enjoying the possession of the ball for more 70 percent of the time.
A defeat to Udinese leaves Liverpool third in Group A after two games. The Reds now have to face the rich Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala. Brendan Rodgers understands that qualifying for the next round will be more difficult from here onwards.
“There are quality teams in this group,” Brendan Rodgers said. “Qualification is obviously what we're looking for but it is also an opportunity to play some younger players.
“Some of the players from the earlier rounds have worked their way into the first team.”