Brendan Rodgers described his first premier league game as Liverpool manager as “a bad day at the office” after his side opened the new season with a 3-0 loss at West Brom.
Goals from Zoltan Gera, Peter Odemwingie (penalty) and Romelu Lukaku scored for the helped West Brom get off to a flyer and speaking after the game, the former Swansea manager was quick to play down the defeat saying “It was just a bad day at the office; It’s going to take time. We’ll lick our wounds and move on.”
“I thought the players showed they have coped very well with the ideas we have given them, but once we went down to 10 men it was very difficult,” added Rodgers.
“I don’t want to go on and on about referees but I thought the two penalty decisions were very harsh, and a third decision if you include the sending-off.
“The sending-off kills you really, especially when it is a new team but I have got to give big credit to the players. They gave me everything.”
Despite the defeat Rodgers admitted that he had left impressed with the performance of Allen, saying: “I thought he was outstanding. For a boy who had just walked into a new team he was superb.”