Rodgers rues 'harsh' decisions

Rodgers admits Reds need to score more goals

Brendan Rodgers: Felt penalty calls were 'harsh' on Liverpool

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was unhappy with decisions that went against his side as they suffered defeat by West Brom in his first Premier League game in charge.

The Anfield club saw two penalty calls go against them as Daniel Agger appeared to bring down Shane Long in the box, and was consequently dismissed, while referee Phil Dowd ruled Martin Skrtel to have fouled the same player minutes later.

Long failed to convert the first penalty, trickling a poor effort into the waiting gloves of Pepe Reina, but Peter Odemwingie made no mistake scoring the second, contributing to the Baggies' 3-0 victory.

Rodgers bemoaned Liverpool's luck, insisting the penalty calls were "harsh" on his side.

He told Sky Sports: "A couple of decisions went against us but we're not going to get everything our way.

"We've got to accept that Pep has obviously made a great save from one of the penalties.

"When you see the close up of the sending off and the penalties, they're very harsh."

Decisions go against Rodgers


Rodgers admits Liverpool are, as in their previous campaign, lacking firepower, with Luis Suarez failing to convert several chances.

"We need to score more goals," added the manager. "You could see we had half-chances, Luis had a great header in the first half.

"There's no doubt that if you're going to affect the top of this league, you need to score more goals."

He added: "Today wasn't our day and congratulations to Steve (Clarke). It was nice for him in his first game to get the result.

"But hopefully for us we won't have too many days like that and we'll keep moving forward."