Rodgers - We were just lazy in defeat

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard stands dejected along with team-mates during the UEFA Europa League Group A match at Anfield, Liverpool
Liverpool's Steven Gerrard stands dejected along with team-mates during the UEFA Europa League Group A match at Anfield, Liverpool
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LIVERPOOL boss Brendan Rodgers accused his team of being “lazy” and warned their defending must improve after a 3-2 home defeat to Udinese.

The hosts took the lead in the first half of the Europa League Group A clash thanks to Jonjo Shelvey’s 23rd-minute strike, but Antonio Di Natale levelled in the opening minute of the second period, finishing a move that had started when Glen Johnson lost possession.

Anfield was then stunned as Sebastian Coates’ 70th minute own-goal and Giovanni Pasquale’s finish from Di Natale’s tee-up two minutes later put the Italian side in the driving seat.

Substitute Luis Suarez replied direct from a free-kick with 15 minutes to go.

Rodgers said: “We lost our concentration at the beginning of the second half and I thought we’d moved on from that to be honest.

“I thought we were just lazy - that is the easiest way to describe it.

“Just lazy in our play and loose and sloppy. It is as simple as that.”

Rodgers added: “At critical moments of the game - in particular at the start of the second half - we needed to be solid and tight, and we gave away three goals.”