London - Liverpool suffered a second successive Premier League defeat after losing 3-1 away to West Ham on Saturday.
Rodgers's side had lost 1-0 at home to Aston Villa the previous weekend
before marking their Champions League return with a 2-1 success against
Bulgarian club Ludogorets in midweek.
Poor defence, their
Achilles heel when finishing runners-up to champions Manchester City in
last season's Premier League, cost Liverpool dear at Upton Park where
West Ham were 2-0 up inside seven minutes.
Although Liverpool were
the better side for almost an hour after that, a late goal by home
substitute Morgan Amalfitano made sure there was no comeback for the
Merseysiders' travelling supporters to celebrate in east London.
handed Italian forward Fabio Borini a first start since January last
year and the first in the Premier League since September 2012.
Ham manager Sam Allardyce started with Alex Song for the first time,
the former Arsenal midfielder having been borrowed from Barcelona for
There was an extraordinary start to the game as the home side took the lead after just 77 seconds.
Tomkins out-jumped Jordan Henderson at the far post from Stewart
Downing's free-kick and Winston Reid was there to head in off Liverpool
defender Dejan Lovren.
Reid was then booked for a foul on Borini before West Ham made it 2-0 in the seventh minute.
Noble's ball found Diafra Sakho in space on the right of the box and
the Senegal striker floated what appeared to be a cross over Liverpool
goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and into the net.
another new recruit, came rushing in to make sure but the ball was
already over the line but the goal belonged to Sakho.
continued to toil and Mignolet had to tip a long-range shot from Aaron
Cresswell round a post before Mario Balotelli became the centre of
attention at the other end.
The Italy forward went in late on West
Ham goalkeeper Adrian, who reacted angrily, and referee Craig Pawson
ended up booking both men.
Rodgers made a tactical change after
just 22 minutes, switching to three at the back by replacing Javier
Manquillo with Mamadou Sakho.
It worked as Raheem Sterling smashed in a reply in the 26th minute after Balotelli had seen a shot charged down.
were more problems for Liverpool however when Lovren was hurt in a
clash with Mamadou Sakho, his team-mate, but the Croat was able to carry
on with a bandage round his head.
Liverpool made another change at half-time, with Adam Lallana replacing the anonymous Lucas.
fired wide before Borini forced Adrian into a save as the visitors
began to look more menacing, with Balotelli next to see an effort saved.
had the momentum, with the speedy Sterling the biggest threat, and
Allardyce made changes, bringing off Guy Demel and then Song for Carl
Jenkinson and Amalfitano respectively.
Rodgers introduced England
forward Rickie Lambert in place of Borini for the final 15 minutes and
the Hammers sent on an extra defender in James Collins, who replaced
Liverpool's hopes of a point ended in the 88th minute
when Downing, a former Anfield player, threaded a through-ball to
Amalfitano, who poked a shot past Mignolet and into the far corner to
cue frenzied celebrations from the home fans.