'Don't panic!' Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard tells team
LONDON (AFP) - Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has admitted that his team were stunned by their 3-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion but is adamant there is no reason to panic.
Brendan Rodgers' first Premier League match as Liverpool manager on Saturday turned into a dispiriting experience for everyone connected with the club, as Albion romped to a shock victory after Reds defender Daniel Agger was sent off. But Gerrard felt the one-sided nature of the score was harsh on Liverpool, who missed several good chances before falling behind to a stunning strike from Zoltan Gera.
And the England midfielder believes Rodgers is already beginning to make a positive impact on a club looking to rebuild after their worst league finish for 18 years. "The feeling after was one of total shock with the result. It was never a 3-0 game," Gerrard told local newspaper the Liverpool Echo.
"I fancied us to go there, dominate and win but things didn't work out that way. In football you can be left feeling hard done by. It's not the start we wanted but it's no time for panic. It's only the first game and it was one bad day at the office. We've got to look at the bigger picture. There's been so much hope around the place and rightly so."