Brendan Rodgers defends Dejan Lovren after West Ham errors

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Liverpool go into Saturday’s game against Man United having been humiliated 3-0 at home by West Ham before the international break which saw them concede their first goals of the season.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 29, 2015: Liverpool's Dejan Lovren looks dejected after his mistake led to West Ham United's second goal during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Having only scored twice in four matches – with those coming in the opening two games – the side are also struggling up front. Last season they went to Old Trafford and enjoyed the majority of chances only to lose 3-0, but Rodgers is confident there will be no repeat of the shambolic defensive performance against the Hammers.

Dejan Lovren came in for most criticism as his mistake led to the crucial second goal but his manager has backed the Croatia international, who endured a tough start to his Liverpool career last season, to bounce back.

“Like all the players know we performed below our level in that game but it was a collective,” added Rodgers.

“We can’t isolate any performance on to one player. Dejan knows he made a mistake and you have to live with that as a player.

“We never stick the blame on to one player. We fell below the standards in that game.

“In his first three games he showed he has that quality and consistency to defend well, so the key is letting go of the mistake and showing your character.”

Liverpool will be without suspended playmaker Philippe Coutinho on Saturday after his red card against West Ham, so striker Danny Ings or winger Jordon Ibe are in contention to start.

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