Arsenal 4 Liverpool 1: Brendan Rodgers criticises ‘negative’ Reds

Brendan Rodgers admits that his side were made to pay for a slow start to the game after Arsenal's 4-1 win over Liverpool

Brendan Rodgers admitted that Liverpool’s “negative” performance was partly to blame as the Reds slumped to a disappointing 4-1 loss to Arsenal on Saturday.

The defeat left Rodgers’ men nine points behind the second-placed Gunners and the Reds’ hopes of Champions League qualification in tatters.

And the Northern Irishman conceded that his side’s slow start to the game at Emirates Stadium cost them dearly.

Speaking to BT Sport after the game, Rodgers said: “Right from the kick off we were too negative.

“We put ourselves under a bit of pressure and in the first 10 minutes they had decent control of the game as you’d expect sometimes when you come away from home.

“But I thought after that first 10 minutes and once we managed to get a rhythm and find our passes, we were the better team and we created the better chances.

“So we’re looking to go in at half time maybe 0-0 or in front but then we defend very, very poorly for all goals really.

“We concede the first one away from home and then obviously it can be difficult. We concede the first goal on 36 minutes and then it’s very, very difficult through to half time.

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“Second half, in fairness to the players they come out and work well, but it’s easy when you’re 3-0 behind. Every team works and tries to get something, so pride was important for us second half.”

Arsenal went ahead in the 37th minute in north London when Hector Bellerin curled a left-footed shot low into the far post.

Mesut Ozil then made it 2-0 with a sublime free-kick just two minutes later, before Alexis Sanchez drilled home on the stroke of half-time.

Jordan Henderson pulled a goal back from the penalty spot in the second half but Olivier Giroud’s stunning turn and shot added gloss to the scoreline after Emre Can was shown a second yellow card.

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