Rodgers Disappointed with Liverpool's Loss to Aston Villa

 

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Brendon Rodgers Disappointed with Liverpool's Loss to Aston Villa

Liverpool boss Rodgers hopes the forthcoming transfer window will provide the means to his goal - with new signings next month.

'That was probably as disappointing as we've been here but I couldn't put my finger on it,' he said.

'It is a strange thing football. We were talked up all week about us being top-four material but we know within the group we still have a long way to go.

'There is going to be steady progress and there are going to be steps forward, like in the last few weeks, and a step backward like yesterday.

'We looked at the first six months to assess: we know we need some support and hopefully we can get that in.

'We understand the process as well but the most important thing is to learn from it (the defeat).

'The thing we've learned from Saturday is that you can't ever be complacent.'

'You have to be at full tilt every week. If we do that we have a great chance of getting the points but if we don't you can get punished.

'The challenge for us now is to have a good week's training and come back next Saturday and hopefully get three points and get on the upward curve again.

The return of Liverpool's top-scorer Luis Suarez failed to spark the Reds.

Suarez earned a yellow card for dissent. Suarez was booked for despite just returning from a suspension for five yellow cards. Considering he had just served a one-match ban for picking up five cautions.

'He is a passionate lad. I didn't think he deserved to be booked but he had a couple of incidents he was protesting about which went unpunished,' said Rodgers.

'I would never take that passion out of the game. That is what makes him the player he is.

'He's picked up some bookings this season but some of those were needless by the referees - like at Sunderland where he was booked for diving and it wasn't a dive.'

Villa manager Paul Lambert was impressed as his side extended their unbeaten run to five matches.

'We feel when we are on song we are a good side,' he said.

'You always go into every game thinking you can win but I also know Liverpool were in a rich vein of form and playing really well and we knew Suarez was going to come back.

'They will always have the belief we can win games and I get a lot of satisfaction from seeing them perform the way they do and they are getting better and better every game.

'I've always said if you don't give someone an opportunity how do you know?

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