Brendan Rodgers was unhappy with the amount of long balls played up to Christian Benteke during Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat at Manchester United.
Liverpool are now without a win in three Premier League games after goals from Daley Blind, Ander Herrera and debutant Anthony Martial helped Louis van Gaal maintain his 100% record as United boss against the Merseysiders.
Benteke scored a fantastic overhead kick to temporarily reduce the deficit to 2-1 with six minutes remaining, but the Belgian striker was the only player Rodgers spoke positively about after the game.
“It is too easy sometimes for us to go direct to Christian Benteke, who was excellent given the service that he had,” Rodgers said.
“Unless you can keep the ball for longer periods to connect the game and get it higher up the pitch all that happens is you end up getting rid of the ball and it goes up to him. We have to be more superior and better with the ball to build your attack so that is something that needs a lot of work.
“We need to be a lot technically better than we showed. Over the first five games now creating more goals is something we need to look at. We haven’t created anywhere near as much as what I would have liked. That is something I need to look at with the coaching staff.
“You are never happy when you lose a game, especially to your rival. I have a group who will respond, but the key for us is to initiate a game and create chances – that is something we need to be better at.
“I am disappointed with the result and disappointed with the performance. We know we can play better.”
Rodgers on referee
Rodgers was unhappy with the awarding of the free-kick which led to United’s first goal and said Herrera had “done well” to win the penalty for the second.
“We were disappointed with a couple of the goals although I never thought the free kick was a free-kick,” Rodgers added. “Both players were tangling for the ball and get their arms up, Ashley Young jumps on the player’s back but gets the free-kick. Then United worked it well and created the space.
“I think Herrera has done well with the penalty, young Joe Gomez will learn he has to stay on his feet.
“We showed good character to get back into the game and Christian gets an incredible goal with a high level of technique but then we concede a disappointing third and that kills us.”