Southampton 3 Liverpool 1: We were nowhere near our best, says Rodgers
Southampton 3 Liverpool 1: Brendan Rodgers admits the Reds were nowhere near their best after an emphatic loss at St Mary's
Brendan Rodgers admitted Liverpool were nowhere near their best after the Reds suffered an emphatic loss to Southampton at St Mary’s.
The Saints seized the initiative inside six minutes when Morgan Schneiderlin out-muscled Martin Skrtel and slotted his finish calmly past Brad Jones.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side doubled their lead midway through the first half when Rickie Lambert’s deflected free-kick beat the Reds second-choice goalkeeper.
Brazilian Philippe Coutinho halved the deficit on the stroke of half-time to offer Liverpool hope of a comeback, but Jay Rodriguez secured a valuable three points for the Saints in the 80th minute.
“I thought Southampton deserved to win,” Rodgers, whose side now trail fifth-placed Arsenal by five points, told Sky Sports. “We were nowhere near what we’ve been in the last number of weeks.
“It’s very difficult at this level whenever you make the start we made today of being two goals behind. We only started to play when it went to 2-0.
“The three goals conceded were disappointing goals today, but in between the second goal and the third goal we were very good.
“We got to 2-1 just before half-time and had more fluency and flow in our game. We created chances, but then conceded a poor third goal that was far too easy and from that perspective it was bitterly disappointing.”
He added: “I said before the game that this game was arguably going to be one of the toughest games for us this season and overall I can’t complain.
“We weren’t at our best and we’re not the sort of team yet when, if we’re not at our best, we can see through results.
“We have to lick our wounds for a couple of weeks before the next game, and we have to make sure it was a one-off and we get back to how we were playing, at a real high level and with confidence.”