Liverpool 0 West Ham 3: We didn’t defend well, admits Brendan Rodgers
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says the Reds didn't defend moments well after a heavy defeat by West Ham
Brendan Rodgers accepted Liverpool didn’t defend well after a resounding defeat by West Ham United at Anfield.
The Reds’s three-game unbeaten Premier League run came to an end after the Hammers eased to a 3-0 victory courtesy of goals from Manuel Lanzini, Mark Noble and Diafra Sakho.
We are disappointed but we’ll reflect on it and come back and look to win our next game
Brazil international Philippe Coutinho was send off in the second half before Hammers captain Noble was also dismissed to leave both sides with 10 men at full-time.
Liverpool had secured three successive clean sheets before the visit of West Ham, and Rodgers was disappointed the Reds were unable to test the Hammers.
“We didn’t defend moments well at all. We need to be much better than that,” Rodgers told BBC Sport.
“That opportunity to work the goalkeeper didn’t happen. We are disappointed but we’ll reflect on it and come back and look to win our next game.”
On the red cards shown by Kevin Friend, Rodgers added: “We started brightly and then had Coutinho sent off. I didn’t think that was a sending off and neither was the one for Noble as well.”
Liverpool drop to sixth place in the Premier League table after their 3-0 loss to the Hammers.
The Reds make the trip to top-four rivals Manchester United in their next Premier League fixture at Old Trafford on 8 September.