Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers: We’re not getting cut open as a team

Brendan Rodgers is happy Liverpool aren't being cut open by teams but wants the Reds to improve their defending from set-plays

Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers took over at Anfield in May 2012 Photo: The Sport Review

Brendan Rodgers insists he is happy with Liverpool’s resilience – but admits the Reds can improve their defending from set-pieces.

The Northern Irishman’s side had to come from behind twice at St James’ Park to secure a 2-2 draw on Saturday.

Newcastle found the net thanks to Yohan Cabaye’s long-range effort, whilst Liverpool conceded from a set-piece for the second successive weekend.

While Rodgers is happy with his team’s set-up from open play, the Liverpool manager feels there is still room for improvement.

“We’re not getting cut open as a team,” Rodgers said.

“There’s no-one really playing through us.

He added: “The goals that we concede are disappointing ones from set-plays; Crystal Palace at home which took a wee bit of gloss off the performance.

“We could have done better with Yohan Cabaye’s goal – he’s a wonderful player and he’s got a great shot but we’ll look at that and feel we can stop the goal.

“The second goal is a mistake. We’ve just lost a man and he’s nipped in and finished it well.

“These are goals we can avoid.”

Liverpool dropped down to third in the Premier League table after Chelsea beat Norwich City on Saturday.

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