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Brendan Rodgers urges players to accept greater responsibility

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers accepts full blame for the surprise defeat at Hull but has called for his players to assume greater responsibility in general.

Sunday’s 3-1 loss at the KC Stadium – the first to the Tigers in the Merseyside club’s history – was disappointing not only because of the result but also in terms of performance.

With nine-goal striker Daniel Sturridge injured and playmaker Philippe Coutinho only fit enough for a place on the bench, the Reds struggled to pose much of a threat while also looking far from comfortable at the back.

Rodgers stressed he is the one who should ultimately be held accountable but has said there need to be greater contributions across the squad.

“It was painful, that was the overriding feeling,” he said.

“Probably more the performance disappointed us because when you perform how we did we didn’t deserve to get anything from it.

“In the main our form has been very good so I can’t criticise the players too much and if there was anyone to blame, blame me as the manager.

“When we lose a game we all get criticised but the criticism has to come to the manager, I am responsible because I pick the team.

“I will always demand the best. We are not here to be great losers, we are here to win.

“The responsibility falls on everyone to keep up our performance level.”

Having scored seven in their last two matches Liverpool managed just nine shots, only four of which were on target, despite dominating possession against Steve Bruce’s side.

Raheem Sterling and on-loan Chelsea forward Victor Moses were the players charged with filling the boots of Sturridge and Coutinho but both failed to deliver.

“I thought both players worked hard in the game,” he added.

“Raheem is still only 18, he has been in and out this season but is still a fantastic talent.

“Victor is a player who has great ability and it’s been a bit difficult for him because he’s not had a run in the team but he is still an important player for us.”

 

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