(Sporting Alert) — Brendon Rodgers’ competitive tenure as Liverpool manager got off to a disastrous start, following his team’s 3-0 defeat to West Bromwich in the Barclays Premier League opener on Saturday.

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Zoltan Gera opened the scoring with a wonderful volley off a corner in the 43rd minute before Peter Odemwingie and Chelsea on loan forward Romelu Lukaku netted the second and the third in the second half.

It was a horrible start to the campaign for Liverpool, which also had defender Daniel Agger sent off in the 58th minute.

As expected, Liverpool manager was not happy with the final result.

He said on the www.liverpoolfc.com: “I thought the scoreline was harsh, I’ve got to be honest.

“After the first couple of minutes of the game, we got good control and rhythm in our game. Up until they scored the first goal, it looked as though we were the team who were going to get it.

“I’ve no complaints about the first goal – it was a fantastic strike (by Gera). We defended the (initial) corner quite well with good height and distance on our clearance.

“Glen Johnson probably couldn’t have done any more as he went to press the ball, but it was wonderful technique.

“We were virtually controlling most of the game in the first half, but then we found ourselves 1-0 down.

“I’m not one to go on about referees, but in the second half I thought the two (penalty) decisions – three if you include the sending off – were very, very harsh.

“I don’t think either of the decisions were penalties. If you see them again on the replay, you’ll see that they were very, very harsh.

“Obviously then with 10 men and chasing the game, it becomes difficult.”


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