Rafa Blasts Gerrard And Co

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The Reds suffered their second league defeat in three games – having lost only twice last season.

Boss Benitez said: “Lucas scored an own goal but Gerrard gave away a penalty – and each player will have to analyse a lot of things.

“I took Lucas off but not because he was playing worse than the other players – I just wanted to change things and bring on other attackers.

“We made too many mistakes at crucial moments and we have to do more to win these games.

“The senior players have to take responsibility and use their experience.”

After Lucas headed into his own net, Curtis Davies rose to power home No 2.

It came from a corner the Liverpool players angrily disputed, even though Steve Sidwell’s shot clearly cannoned off Martin Skrtel.

Benitez said: “It doesn’t matter whether it was a corner – we can’t change the situation. We have lost and we have to improve.”

Fernando Torres gave the Reds a lifeline but, two minutes later, Gerrard fouled Nigel Reo-Coker in the box and Ashley Young sealed Villa’s win from the spot.

The Sun

~ by footballdirecta on August 25, 2009.

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