Brendan Rodgers highlights areas where Liverpool need to improve

Brendan Rogers Press Conference Smiling - 16/02/2014

It may have been a win but it was a disappointing performance for Liverpool against Queens Park Rangers as they have yet to reach their best level so far this season.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers indicated his side has plenty of work to do to reach the level he wants his side to play at, as they somehow left Loftus Road with all three points yesterday.

A bizarre game which featured two own goals from Queens Park Rangers helped the Reds to a 3-2 victory but with Real Madrid next up in the Champions League, Rodgers knows his side have to improve.

The Reds lacked the high intensity, pressing and penetration in the win at Loftus Road that served them so well last season as they finished second in the Premier League last term - two points behind champions Manchester City.

Rodgers told the Liverpool website after yesterday's game that two areas they need to improve in is their rhythm and their speed.

He said: "The speed of our game was way too slow. There's not enough rhythm and personality to go and dominate the game. But whilst you're searching for that, it's important that you continue to win and that's what we've been doing."

The performance level from his side will be a concern but with the Reds only four points off second-place Manchester City at this stage of the season, the league position isn't too concerning for Liverpool as they somehow managed to leave Loftus Road with all three points yesterday.

Some will say it is a case of new signings still trying to bed in as Liverpool's intensity and energy levels seemed to rise significantly when Joe Allen and Philippe Coutinho replaced Emre Can and Adam Lallana yesterday.

It was Can's first start for the Reds after a spell on the sidelines, whilst Lallana has shown glimpses of what he has to offer so far - notably his performance in the Merseyside derby against Everton and against West Bromwich Albion where he got his first goal for the club.

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