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Brendan Rodgers says both Liverpool and the referee struggled at Anfield


Brendan Rodgers had criticism for both his side and the referee following Liverpool’s comprehensive 3-0 loss to West Ham United at Anfield today.

The Reds saw themselves 2-0 down on what Rodgers called “a cheap goal” and a “mistake” before Liverpool attacker Philippe Coutinho saw himself sent off for a second yellow. West Ham then added a third goal to put things away late, before Hammers midfielder Mark Noble also saw red in garbage time.

While Rodgers believes his team played poorly, he also wasn’t happy with the referee’s decision to send his side a man down while it was working back from a 2-0 deficit.

“The first goal is a cheap goal and that gave them a motivation and fight. The second was a mistake, which can happen. We started brightly and then had Coutinho sent off. I didn’t think that was a sending off and neither was the one for Noble as well.

We didn’t defend moments well at all. We need to be much better than that. That opportunity to work the goalkeeper didn’t happen. We are disappointed but we’ll reflect on it and come back and look to win our next game.”

The Reds won their first two matches by a tight margin, but since have failed to score in two straight, pulling only one point.

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