Rodgers takes blame for Hull debacle and defends wingers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers addressed the media ahead of Liverpool's clash with Norwich City at Anfield on Wednesday evening.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said his side didn’t deserve anything from the game in yesterday’s 3-1 loss to Hull City at the KC Stadium, and has said if anyone is to blame it’s him as manager of the side.

‘It was painful, that’s the overriding feeling. Of course when you’ve been doing so well this season, to get that defeat, probably the performance because when you perform in the way that we did we didn’t deserve to get anything from it.

‘In the main our form has been very good so I can’t criticise the players too much. If there was anyone to blame, blame me as the manager.’

The Reds entertain Norwich at Anfield on Wednesday evening looking to put Sunday’s loss behind them.

‘We go into two home games, that’s what we’re focusing on and if we get the points in that starting at Norwich on Wednesday then we’re still well on course to where we want to go. At this moment in time we sit fourth, we win Wednesday night we could be second again and that’s our idea to retain that positivity.

‘For me the bigger picture is still very bright. We just need to get over the disappointment, which we will do.’

On the injury front, Rodgers confirmed that Philippe Coutinho should be fine to start against the Canaries after being unable to train last week, meaning he started yesterday’s game against Hull on the bench, whilst Kolo Toure is to be assessed in the next 24 hours having picked up a hip injury in the closing stages of the game against Hull.

Despite the loss of Daniel Sturridge for a period of up to eight weeks following an ankle injury he picked up in training, Rodgers was coy when it came to talking about transfer targets in the upcoming January window, though he did speak about adding further depth to the squad after the Hull game.

‘I think every window for us will be exactly the same. If there’s a player that we think can improve our squad and in particular the team I’m sure we will be able to go out and get that player.’

The Liverpool boss also defended wingers Raheem Sterling and Victor Moses who have come in for some criticism for their performances on Sunday.

‘I think both players are very talented players. When we lose a game we all get criticised.

‘Raheem is still only 18 years of age, 19 soon. He’s been in and out this season but he’s still a fantastic talent and Victor is a player that has got great ability – probably been a little bit difficult for him because he hasn’t had a run in the team but he’s still a very, very important player for us.’

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