Liverpool suffered a stunning 3-0 defeat to West Ham United on Saturday and the Reds boss Brendan Rodgers labelled his side’s performance as disappointing.
The Hammers took the lead within three minutes when Manuel Lanzini found the back of the net and Mark Noble increased the deficit 26 minutes later, handing the east London club a comfortable lead before half-time.
It didn’t get any easier for the home side as Philippe Coutinho got sent off eight minutes into the second half for a second bookable offence. Mark Noble was also sent off but it was a party for West Ham who eventually got a third goal through Diafra Sakho in the stoppage time, making it their first league win at Anfield in 52 years.
“We were disappointing today,” Rodgers said at his post-match press conference.
“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.”
He added: “Up until today, the morale and confidence has been really high and we've been developing and improving.
“We know today a lot of it was self-inflicted in relation to the result. We gave poor goals away and that was the biggest disappointment.
“I'm lucky that I work with a very honest group who work very hard on the training field. There's a lot of analysis behind that as well and we'll now get ready for the next game.
“At this level, you have to be able to bounce back – and that'll be the job in the next game.”