English Premiership

Rodgers rues slow start

2014-09-22 09:23
Brendan Rodgers (AFP)

Cape Town - Liverpool suffered their second successive loss in the English Premiership after failing to come out of the blocks with gusto against West Ham, according to Brendan Rodgers.

West Ham United v Liverpool 

"Lots of elements in our game have been very good and everyone has seen that over the last couple of seasons, but it is just not quite happening for us at the moment." said the Liverpool boss after the game.

"We have a lot of work to do and today was very disappointing in terms of performance."

There was an extraordinary start to the game as the home side took the lead after just 77 seconds.

James 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.

West Ham made it 2-0 in the seventh minute which left Liverpool stunned.

"They had better intensity than us. Our performance level wasn't anywhere near what I would expect. We made too many long passes; normally our passing is shorter, crisper and faster in the game.

"Today we didn't show enough composure on the ball." said Rodgers on the club's website.

"But, first and foremost, I thought the intensity of our game wasn't quite at the level. But that's something that we will look at. I'm very fortunate that I've got an honest group of players that know that sort of level isn't what we expect. We will, over the course of the season, get better and better."

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