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Brendan Rodgers: We didn't keep the ball for long enough to create opportunities


Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says his side should have kept the ball more after the 3-1 defeat against Manchester United.

The Reds suffered their second consecutive defeat in the English Premier League as they dropped down to ninth in the table.

They face Bordeaux away from home in the Europa League on Thursday before four straight games at Anfield starting with next week's Premier League game against Norwich City.

"We're disappointed with the result and the performance," Rodgers told reporters.

"I thought in the first half we were fairly organised but technically could have been much better with the ball.

"We didn't keep the ball for long enough to create opportunities, but we didn't give away too much either in the first half – it was only really when we gave the ball cheaply and put ourselves under pressure. So it was 0-0 at half-time, we're OK and looking to play better in the second half.

"We're disappointed with the free-kick. I thought both players were tangling for the ball, both had their arms up and Ashley Young jumps on the player's [Clyne] back and gets a free-kick. But they worked it well and get the goal and we then gave away the penalty.

"At 2-0 you're up against it. We then got on the front foot, Christian scored an incredible goal with a high level of technique, so we were back in the game at 2-1 and looking at maybe getting something. But we then conceded within a minute and at 3-1 the game is dead.

"Overall, we had plenty of effort and commitment but we needed to be better with the ball.”

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