Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted that Liverpool need to “find ways of being much more creative” after having fewer shots than Watford in their first five Premier League games.
The Reds fashioned just four shots on target in their 3-1 defeat to Manchester United on Saturday, with attacking trio Roberto Firmino, Christian Benteke and Danny Ings failing to create a single chance for their teammates. Four of their eight chances came from set-pieces.
“Five games in and we have not created anywhere near as much as what I would have liked. We need to create more opportunities,” admitted Rodgers.
“That’s something we need to have a look at with the coaching staff to see how we can find ways of being much more creative.
“We are still looking to find a way with the players coming in, to find that balance and efficiency in the team.
“But that’s where we are at the moment. The players are working very hard and committed and they were disappointed as we know we can play better.
“I’m sure over the course of the season we will, but you can see there is a lot of hard work ahead.”
Rodgers also admitted that Benteke – who scored a wonderful overhead kick – was let down by his teammates.
“Christian was isolated in the first half,” he said. “Unless you keep the ball for longer periods in order to connect the game, it’s a lot more difficult to get support for him.
“I thought Christian was excellent given the service he had. We have to be better with the ball to build our attacks.”