On a rainy day in London, the weather was symbolic of Brendan Rodgers’ struggles.
A man searching for answers just found more questions at Selhurst Park as Crystal Palace ripped apart the Liverpool defense and a 2nd minute Rickie Lambert goal wasn’t nearly enough to match their hosts in a 3-1 defeat.
Rodgers did praise Rickie Lambert for his hard work that translated into an early, 2nd minute goal, but said “we have no one to blame but ourselves.” The Liverpool manager pointed to a lack of confidence for their defensive struggles, not being able to hold onto a lead.
Ultimately, Rodgers took most of the blame himself, and even questioned his own lineup and strategies, saying “Everyone has to look at themselves, manager included, and manager even moreso, because I’m responsible for the results and putting the team out,” but he did ask his team to stick together. “I said to the players ‘we got to become a team’ because sometimes in situations like this here you can very much focus on yourself, but we can only get out of this together by working harder than we have.”
He wasn’t any cheerier in the postmatch press conference: