Brendan Rodgers gives his verdict on Liverpool’s abject defeat

The Reds boss has admitted that his side were disappointing in their 3-0 home loss to West Ham.

Liverpool’s impressive start to the new season took a massive blow yesterday as Brendan Rodgers’ men were beaten 3-0 at Anfield by West Ham.

The Reds were disappointing by the Northern Irishman’s own recognition on the club’s official website, with the Merseyside outfit not putting in the same level of performance that had seen them take seven points from their first three games.

Philippe Coutinho was sent off in a miserable day for the hosts, with the Hammers putting in an accomplished display to get their campaign back on track.

Rodgers has admitted that the result and performance were both disappointing and that the side would need to improve.

“We were disappointing today,” the former Swansea City boss told the club’s official website.

“We arrived into the game with confidence high but when you give away a goal so early in the game, it gave West Ham the boost and the lift that they needed, because they have shown in their two games away from home now that they can sit in and defend in a low block well. That seemed to set us back a bit.

“We obviously then conceded a second goal, which was difficult to take. All of a sudden we were right up against it.

“Coutinho getting sent off, which I thought was extremely harsh, set us back. From that first period in the game, we never really got going.

“It was the overall performance. I felt we disappointed right from the off, really.

“Once we conceded that early goal, we just couldn't get back into the game again. Our overall performance with and without the ball will be much better in the future.”

Despite losing Steven Gerrard and Raheem Sterling over the summer, the level of investment in the off-season by the Merseyside club has the fans expectant.

The Anfield outfit’s main goal is to finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League, with early season performances indicating that the Reds would be one of the contenders.

However, to lose 3-0 at home to West is a damaging result, with the Merseyside outfit having to regroup and refocus ahead of travelling to face Manchester United at Old Trafford after the international break.

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