Rodgers confident Liverpool will improve after Arsenal defeat

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is confident his side will come good despite the poor start they have made to the new Premier League season.

The Reds lost their opening day game at West Brom and could only draw with Manchester City before Sunday’s 2-0 loss at home to Arsenal.

Rodgers arrived on Merseyside in the summer after an impressive debut top flight season with Swansea City, where their passing football caught the eye.

However there have been claims that he is trying to change the football ethos at Anfield too quickly, something Rodgers was quick to dismiss after the defeat to Arsenal.

“The goals we conceded, it’s got nothing to do with style, nothing to do with systems, nothing to do with the tactical element of the game,” the Northern Irishman told the club’s official website.

“It’s about decision making. We gave the ball away and then we didn’t recover well enough to stop the shot.

“For the second goal, we had enough bodies behind the ball to defend the goal.

“And we created enough chances but were not clinical enough. There is a lot of good to come from the game but we lost and we need to improve.”

And the 39-year-old insisted he remains encouraged by the small signs of progress he has witnessed, while emphasising the importance of maintaining a sense of focus with the seasom in its early stages.

“We’ll get better as our season progresses. It was always going to be a difficult start,” he added.

“I have an inherent belief in this way of working, and I’ve had success with it.

“Over time here, that will be the same. These are the hard yards that you’ve got to put in early on and take the flak for.”

The former Swans boss has blooded several of the club’s younger talent this season and trusts them to continue to shine for the Anfield club.

“A lot of young players are going to get an opportunity,” he said.

“Raheem Sterling, I thought, was terrific today. Joe Allen and Cazorla were the two best players on the field, the two little guys, the technicians.

“I am very proud to manage this club and I want to fight to keep us improving and moving forward.

“My fight to keep the supporters proud and keep the great name of Liverpool going forward is something that I’ve made my life.”

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