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Rodgers Backs Misfiring Reds

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says he refuses to panic, after the Reds revealed their old bad habits in losing 0-2 to West Brom last night.

Liverpool dominated the Baggies from the outset, controlling the ball and troubling visiting ‘keeper Ben Foster throughout.

But a lack of quality at critical moments during the game from players like Glen Johnson, Stewart Downing, Jonjo Shelvey and Jose Enrique left West Brom hanging on grittily.

And when talismans Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard began to fluff their lines- the latter from the penalty spot- a sucker punch from West Brom always looked likely.

Despite the defeat which left the Reds marooned in ninth place on the  log, and their Champions League ambitions all but dead and buried, Rodgers did not lose his temper or patience with his misfiring players.

"The players gave everything," he told Sky Sports. "It was one of those games where we just couldn't make the breakthrough.

"The longer the game goes on the more likely it is that they nick one. I can't fault the players efforts today, it was just one of those games where we couldn't get the first goal.

"We weren't at our best but we were certainly on the front foot and looking to create. Full credit to West Brom, [Ben] Foster's made some brilliant saves.

"It was a good away performance from them and the longer it was 0-0 the riskier it got. I can't blame [Steven] Gerrard for missing the penalty, he had a fantastic game and he had the courage to step up and take it.

"I'm just disappointed that our good run, particularly at home, has come to an end. But we gave everything tonight and the keeper had a fantastic match. But we'll go again, we've got an important game in the Europa League on Thursday and we'll be ready for that."

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