Rodgers rages as Liverpool slump continues

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers pinned the blame on referee Mike Halsey after his team lost 2-1 at home to Manchester United. The defeat leaves Liverpool in the bottom three although Rodgers believes Liverpool were the better team.

It was an emotional afternoon at Anfield with the fans paying tribute to the Hillsborough victims. Rogers was impressed by the behaviour of the fans but less so by the referee, who sent off Jonjo Shelvey in the first half for a two-footed lunge on Jonny Evans.

"It was a tackle that both players had to go for but the Liverpool player can't be sent off and the Manchester United player stay on," Rodgers argued. "It was very, very harsh and that's how it was throughout the game. There were a number of poor decisions that cost us."

Liverpool dominated the first-half, and, even down to ten men, captain Steven Gerrard gave them the lead early in the second half. United's numerical advantage began to tell though and they equalised through Rafael before Robin Van Persie secured the points with a late penalty.

The defeat continues a poor start to the season for Liverpool under their new manager, but Gerrard called for patience while Rodgers's new style of play develops. "We know if we keep applying that kind of effort and determination it will only be a matter of time before we go on a winning sequence," Gerrard said. "Not many sides will be able to live with us because we played some good stuff."

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