After a dismal defeat at home to Aston Villa last weekend, Liverpool were expected to bounce back with a win away to Sam Allardyce’s West Ham, but the bolshie manager clearly hadn’t read the script.
Goals from Winston Reid, Diafra Sakho and Morgan Amalfitano were enough to see off Rodgers’ side, with a great strike from Raheem Sterling proving scant consolation.
Riddled with defensive errors and a vacuous midfield, Liverpool were even worse on Saturday than against Villa; gaps between the defence and midfield at the Boleyn Ground much more costly than between the midfield and attack at Anfield.
Surprise inclusions of Lucas Leiva and Fabio Borini proved a tactical oversight by Rodgers, who struggled with a thin squad due to injuries to Daniel Sturridge, Joe Allen and Emre Can—Lucas is by no means capable of operating in a diamond midfield beyond the holding role.
A day to forget for Brendan Rodgers… pic.twitter.com/HatBs5Rly8
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 20, 2014
Liverpool play Middlesborough in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night—a wanton distraction at this juncture—and will be looking to quash this current poor form on a return to Anfield.
Here, we round up a mixture of tweets following Saturday’s game and reaction in our Liverpool FC Forums.
Let us know your thoughts on West Ham 3-1 Liverpool and what Rodgers must do in the future in the comments section below.
Abysmal from start to finish
— LFCTS (@LFCTS) September 20, 2014
Unacceptable performance & result. Only a win next week against Everton can redeem this pathetic display. #LFC
— Spion Kop (@TheKopHQ) September 20, 2014
3 defeats already. Not good enough. Midfield shocking. Defence poor. Attack nothing to work with. Rodgers needs to sort it.
— MB (@MrBoywunder) September 20, 2014
Yo55arian22 on the forums:
Dreadful performance again. Defending is shambolic. Attack play is ponderous. Hopefully this latest dire performance and result will force Rodgers to confront some glaring problems.
Didn't enjoy that performance at all too many mistakes movement was poor no positives at all need to sort ourselves out quickly
— ROY EVANS (@Roy_Evo) September 20, 2014
Last season we became far more than the sum of our parts. At the moment we look like a team of strangers
— Dan Kennett (@DanKennett) September 20, 2014
After losing Suarez Lfc were never going to score 100 goals + this season so had to be better defensively, they actually look worse now.
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) September 20, 2014
turnkeychevy on the forums:
It’s so obvious. Basically teams are being told “Go out and attack this lot with a high ball you will score.” And they do.
Having seen little of him before this season I must say Lovren looks a criminal waste of £20m. By no means the commanding leader we craved.
— Aaron Cutler (@aaron_cutler) September 20, 2014
RichLFC on the forums:
Though wondering if my optimism with Lovren might have been somewhat against my better judgement. Have we paid 20m for a Croatian Phil Babb?
There's also a problem by the name of Steven Gerrard that Brendan Rodgers seems blind to.
— Jim Boardman (@JimBoardman) September 20, 2014
BostonMick on the forums:
Trusting that BR, coaching staff and players turn it around.
A poor start to the season, no glossing over it, needs a reaction against Everton. Needs a big collective improvement from everyone. #LFC.
— Si Steers (@sisteers) September 20, 2014
Liverpool will be glad that the formbook goes out the window next Saturday……..
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) September 20, 2014