Liverpool 0 Southampton 1: We were nowhere near our best, says Rodgers
Liverpool 0 Southampton 1: Brendan Rodgers admits Liverpool were "nowhere near their best" after a surprise loss at Anfield
Brendan Rodgers admitted Liverpool were “nowhere near their best” after the Reds suffered a shock loss to Southampton at Anfield.
Steven Gerrard had the home side’s only meaningful attempt on goal as he forced Southampton goalkeeper Artur Boruc into a full-stretch save from his first-half free-kick.
Southampton looked dangerous going forward as Mauricio Pochettino persevered with Pablo Osvaldo and Rickie Lambert up front, with Simon Mignolet making a string of saves to deny the pair.
And after the interval, the Saints netted their winner thanks to Dejan Lovren’s header in the 53rd minute with Liverpool captain Gerrard unable to clear the ball off the line.
“We are bitterly disappointed and it was one of them days. We were not so good with the ball and, technically, nowhere near the level we have been at,” Rodgers told BBC Sport.
“The players have been excellent for these last few months and today was an off-day.
Rodgers will have Luis Suárez available for their League Cup tie at Manchester United on Wednesday night after the Uruguayan completed his 10-game ban.
And the Liverpool boss described the 26-year-old’s impending return as the sole positive from the defeat.
“That is the positive from today as he has now served his ban and we can bring someone as good as him back,” he added.