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Rodgers - We gave it away

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers criticised his side's defending after the 3-1 defeat to Stoke at the Britannia Stadium.

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The Reds briefly silenced the home fans in the opening moments when Steven Gerrard punished Ryan Shawcross' shirt-tug on Luis Suarez from the penalty spot, but that was as good as it got for the visitors.

The equaliser came quickly through Jon Walters' assured finish, and the Republic of Ireland striker added his second and Stoke's third in some style after Kenwyne Jones had nodded the Potters ahead.

Rodgers told Sky Sports: "It was a great start for us, getting our first penalty. Coming away from home and starting like that was great, but we gave away poor goals. All three of them were actually quite straightforward to defend.

"The first one, Martin Skrtel slipped and was unfortunate but there were two goals where we have to do much better with and that was the disappointment really.

"We got into some good areas but when you come to places like here, you've got to defend better or else you get nothing and we deserved nothing because of that.

"Everyone knows the strengths of Stoke and they do it very well, but when you've prepared to deal with it's even more disappointing. It was a corner, a throw-in and a direct ball.

"Stoke don't quite get the credit they deserve. Tony Pulis has done a brilliant job here to keep them progressing. They do it very well. But from our perspective, it was poor defending."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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