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Rodgers hits out at lazy Liverpool after Europa League defeat

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By Andrew Tuft

Friday 05 October 2012

Brendan Rodgers has described his players as “lazy” after Liverpool lost at home in the Europa League to Serie A side Udinese, the BBC has reported.

Liverpool players dejected after Coates own goal

Jonjo Shelvey put the Reds in front in the first-half only for Udinese talisman Antonio Di Natale to hit back shortly after half-time. Udinese then raced into a two goal lead thanks to a Sebastian Coates own goal and a Giovanni Pasquale striker minutes later, and held out for the win despite Luis Suarez pulling a goal back.

Statistically Liverpool dominated the match, recording almost three-quarters of possession and registering nearly three times as many shots as the visitors, with 21 to Udinese’s eight. Rodgers called for improvement in defence, claiming Liverpool are conceding goals too easily and putting pressure on the forwards, who he added currently have to score too many goals in a single game to guarantee a victory.

Rodgers said: “It's an area we have to work on. We were very good in the first-half but we lost concentration and became lazy and found ourselves 3-1 down.

He added: “We injected some quality into the game in the last 15 minutes or so and got a goal back but we are just disappointed that after such a good first-half performance we have given away such poor goals.

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