Liverpool boss Rodgers disappointed by refereeing decisions

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes that his side were treated harshly by referee Phil Dowd in their 3-0 opening day defeat to West Brom, The Telegraph reports.

Rodgers began his career with the Reds on a sour note as he saw Daniel Agger red-carded for one penalty decision in the second half, a decision which the former Swansea boss feels was ‘very harsh’ – Albion went on to miss from the spot. Dowd also awarded West Brom another penalty for a foul by Martin Skrtel on Albion striker Shane Long and Rodgers felt that the margin of victory did not reflect his side’s efforts.

The Liverpool manager said: “I’ve no complaints about the first goal, a fantastic strike from Gera, showing wonderful technique. But in the second half, although I’m not going to go on about the referee, I thought the two penalty decisions were very harsh”.

“I don’t think either was a penalty and Martin Skrtel doesn’t even connect for the second one. With the first one, Long’s pace has got him there. There is slight contact, but I know Long well, how big and strong he is, and it was very harsh”, Rodgers said.

Liverpool’s next game sees them face the defending Premier League champions Manchester City at Anfield, which will be Rodgers’ first game in front of the home crowd. Rodgers admitted there is improvement to be done and is looking for an immediate response against City next weekend, as the Reds look to get their season going.

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