Lack of quality frustrates Liverpool manager Rodgers

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was left to rue a lack of quality in forward areas as his side lost 1-0 at home to Aston Villa in Saturday’s late kick-off, BBC Sport has reported.

The Reds began slowly and looked particularly vulnerable from set-pieces. Indeed, the only goal came from a poorly defender corner, with Gabriel Agbonlahor poking home a scruffy winning goal.

Philippe Senderos and Andreas Weimann missed further chances for Villa, while Liverpool struggled throughout in the absence of injured striker Daniel Sturridge. Despite controlling possession, they only had one shot on target, while Philippe Coutinho’s shot against a post was by some distance the closest they came to sharing the spoils.

The defeat left Liverpool with six points from their first four games, and afterwards Rodgers said: “We started slowly and gave away a poor goal. We picked up the tempo but we failed to open them up, and never created the chances we would normally do.

“You have to give Villa credit. They defended really well once we got the ball and we could not find the final pass. It was really frustrating for us. We started the game really slowly, which is unlike us, but it was our lack of quality with our final ball and in the final third that let us down.

“Games like this can happen when players are getting to know each other but we had new players when we played against Tottenham two weeks ago, when we were outstanding.”

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