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Brendan Rodgers rues lapse in concentration as Reds dumped out at Old Trafford

But the Anfield chief was happy with Luis Suarez’s effort on his return.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers leaves the pitch last night.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers leaves the pitch last night.
Image: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

BRENDAN RODGERS WAS left disappointed after a lax piece of defending saw Liverpool fall to a 1-0 League Cup defeat at Manchester United.

Rodgers named a strong starting line-up for the third-round clash at Old Trafford on Wednesday, including Luis Suarez after the expiration of the striker’s 10-match ban.

However, a lapse in concentration when defending a corner just after half-time allowed an unmarked Javier Hernandez to score the only goal of the game for the hosts.

The visitors pushed hard for an equaliser, but struggled to test David De Gea in the United goal.

The Northern Irishman changed his formation for the clash – playing three centre-backs – and said afterwards he was pleased with the way his players adapted, but rued the manner in which they conceded.

“It was a very close game – decided on a corner at the beginning of the half that we’re disappointed with,” he told Sky Sports. “It just drops into the six-yard box and it’s very disappointing to say the least.

“The players played really well. They had a few days to adapt to a new system. They created some opportunities but couldn’t make the final pass count and didn’t work the keeper enough.

“I can have no complaints. One lapse of concentration has cost us.”

Suarez came close to getting Liverpool back into the game when he hit the crossbar with a free-kick in the second half, and Rodgers praised the 26-year-old’s performance

“I thought Luis Suarez was excellent,” he added. “You could tell he’d been out for a long time as he tired at the end.

“But he’s obviously a threat. I think adrenaline gets you over the line in the first game. He’s a fighter. He’s so determined and will get ready for the weekend.”

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