Liverpool morning news: Rodgers and Sterling say Champions League no excuse for poor form

A selection of the latest stories involving Liverpool Football Club this Monday morning.

There is still plenty of reaction to Liverpool's defeat to West Ham United at Upton Park on Saturday evening which made it three defeats from five games for the Reds in the Premier League this season.

Raheem Sterling has said that Champions League fatigue can not be used as an excuse for the side this season, after their slow start to the game at Upton Park found them two goals down in the opening stages - following on from their late win against Ludogorets in the Champions League in midweek.

Sterling is quoted in the Daily Mirror, saying: “I wouldn’t say it was a factor. It’s more than we’re used to and the games are coming thick and fast. But that’s what we want – to be competing at the top end of the Premier League and in the Champions League. It’s down to us to get things right and get back to winning games.

“What it means now is that after the second recovery day after a game we’re straight back into another game.

“They come really quick now and that’s something we need to get used to. We can’t use that as an excuse because there are other teams in the Premier League doing exactly the same as us who are winning games."

Those sentiments have been echoed by manager Brendan Rodgers, saying that Liverpool expect better, and they're proud to have the extra demands of the Champions League.

He's quoted in the Daily Mail, saying: "We expect to be better. There is a great history for the club in the European Cup. To be back at that level after so many years is great. But our priority is the Premier League, make no mistake."

Rodgers has stressed, however, that the loss of Daniel Sturridge has hurt Liverpool during this spell but said the side should still be playing better. Sturridge returned from international duty with a thigh injury, but could return for this weekend's Merseyside derby against Everton at Anfield.

He's quoted in the Liverpool Echo, saying: “We showed our potential in the Tottenham game when we have players fit, key players who we’ve had for a number of seasons, we can show the quality and intensity of the team.

“When those key guys aren’t available, it can hurt us.

“But we should still be better than we were today.

“If Daniel isn’t in your team he is sadly missed."

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