Crystal Palace 3 Liverpool 1: Brendan Rodgers accepts responsibility for loss
Brendan Rodgers says Liverpool can't blame anyone else for their 3-1 loss
Brendan Rodgers accepted “full responsibility” for Liverpool’s sixth Premier League defeat after Crystal Palace came from behind to win at Selhurst Park.
Dwight Gayle drew the home side level in the 17th minute after England international Rickie Lambert netted a second-minute opener in south-east London.
We’ve gone a goal ahead. That should be enough
Liverpool looked to be heading towards a 1-1 draw before a three-minute collapse saw Joe Ledley put Palace ahead in the 78th minute before Mile Jedinak dispatched a clinical free-kick moments later.
And Reds manager Rodgers, who has seen Rafael Benitez linked with his position over the past week, admitted Liverpool could only blame themselves for the defeat.
“We’re low in confidence at the moment in terms of results,” Rodgers told Sky Sports News.
“The tempo and intensity of our game has dropped right off. We concede poor goals. We have no-one to blame but ourselves. As the manager, I take full responsibility [for the loss].”
Rodgers added: “We aim to be tighter and more resolute defensively. We get the goal. A number of games this season, we’ve gone a goal ahead. That should be enough.
“We work on defending, being compact. We never managed the game. We have a lot of young players and players who are new to the club. We have to be better than that.”
Rodgers did reserve praise for Lambert after the 32-year-old striker replaced Mario Balotelli and scored his first Liverpool goal since his summer move.
“He produced great movement, touch and finish for the goal. He was excellent. He worked tirelessly up front. He worked very well,” Lambert added.