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Brendan Rodgers on the Newcastle defeat and Steven Gerrard's future


Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was disappointed to see his side lose at Newcastle following a defensive mistake by Alberto Moreno.

The Reds suffered their fourth defeat in the English Premier League with Rodgers admitting his players didn't create enough chances to take the points from the St James' Park.

"It was disappointing. I didn't think we deserved to lose the game, but we didn't do enough to win it," Rodgers said during his press conference.

"We had enough of the ball and good movement in front of the ball, but we just lacked that bit of creativity and invention in the final third of the field.

"Anything we had to deal with up until the goal, we dealt well with defensively - there were no real issues.

"But we made a mistake and the mistake, unfortunately, has cost us the game and that's the biggest disappointment.

"If you can't score the goals to win the game, then it's important that you don't concede. Up until that point, we were solid defensively.

"I came here to bring in a way of working that creates and scores goals. It's something that's not really working for us at the moment.

"But the players are very committed to their work, they're working very hard. It was unfortunate today - we made a mistake and got punished for it.

"There's no magic formula, you've just got to keep working well with the players that we've got and continue to hope that you get that bit of luck, and that confidence in the final third of the pitch can return."

Rodgers also answered questions concerning the future of captain Steven Gerrard.

"It's quite straightforward," said Rodgers.

"I had a meeting over a week or so with Steven's representative, explaining the situation - I very much want him to be a part of what we're doing here.

"He's been a brilliant captain for me, in both his performance and captaincy at the club. He's been fantastic.

"I relayed that information to the ownership - that we want to keep him here. I'm sure they will go away with that and then Steven's representatives will hopefully organise a deal because he is very much part of what I'm doing here.

"And, of course, he's a unique player and a unique person with a special talent and someone that we want to offer that respect to."

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