Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers felt harshly treated by referee Phil Dowd after seeing Liverpool crash to a 3-0 defeat at West Brom on the opening day of the Barclays Premier League .
Dowd awarded two second-half penalties, the first of which also saw Daniel Agger red-carded and the second awarded for Martin Skrtel’s foul on Long which was tucked away by Peter Odemwingie.
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Rodgers told a post-match press conference
“I thought the scoreline was harsh, I’ve got to be honest.
“After the first couple of minutes of the game, we got good control and rhythm in our game. Up until they scored the first goal, it looked as though we were the team who were going to get it.
“I’ve no complaints about the first goal – it was a fantastic strike (by Gera). We defended the (initial) corner quite well with good height and distance on our clearance. Glen Johnson probably couldn’t have done any more as he went to press the ball, but it was wonderful technique.
“We were virtually controlling most of the game in the first half, but then we found ourselves 1-0 down.
“I’m not one to go on about referees, but in the second half I thought the two (penalty) decisions – three if you include the sending off – were very, very harsh. I don’t think either of the decisions were penalties. If you see them again on the replay, you’ll see that they were very, very harsh.
“Obviously then with 10 men and chasing the game, it becomes difficult.”
Liverpool certainly showed some encouraging signs in the opening 45 minutes. New Signing Allen had a really good game and I feel with a couple of more quality additions Liverpool have got every chance of finishing in the top four. It just shows we still need a clinical finisher and a proven winger.
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