Rodgers confident Liverpool will improve

The Reds boss says his side’s 2-0 defeat to Arsenal had nothing to do with the style of play he has imposed but with individuals making poor decisions
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says he is staying calm and results will improve, despite the poor start his side have made to the new Premier League season.

The Reds lost their opening day game at West Brom and could only draw with Manchester City before Sunday’s 2-0 loss at home to Arsenal.

Rodgers arrived on Merseyside in the summer after an impressive debut Premier League season with Swansea City, where their impressive passing football earned lots of plaudits, however there have been claims that he is trying to change the football ethos at Anfield too quickly.

That is a claim that Rodgers refutes however, and he is adamant that it is individuals, and not the team's tactics that were behind their defeat to the Gunners.

"The goals we conceded, it's got nothing to do with style, nothing to do with systems, nothing to do with the tactical element of the game," the Northern Irishman told the club’s official website.

"It's about decision making. We gave the ball away and then we didn't recover well enough to stop the shot.

"For the second goal, we had enough bodies behind the ball to defend the goal.

"And we created enough chances but were not clinical enough. There is a lot of good to come from the game but we lost and we need to improve."

Despite their poor showings in the West Brom defeat and Sunday's loss to Arsenal, there were signs of improvement in the 2-2 draw with Manchester City a week ago.

And Rodgers is calm and confident that his new team will improve over the course of the season.

He added: "We'll get better as our season progresses. It was always going to be a difficult start.

"I have an inherent belief in this way of working, and I've had success with it.

"Over time here, that will be the same. These are the hard yards that you've got to put in early on and take the flak for."

The former Swansea boss has blooded several of the club’s younger talent this season and trusts them to continue to shine for the Anfield club.

"A lot of young players are going to get an opportunity," he said.

"Raheem Sterling, I thought, was terrific today. Joe Allen and Cazorla were the two best players on the field, the two little guys, the technicians.

"I am very proud to manage this club and I want to fight to keep us improving and moving forward.

"My fight to keep the supporters proud and keep the great name of Liverpool going forward is something that I've made my life."