Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers felt harshly treated by referee Phil Dowd after seeing his side crash to a 3-0 defeat at West Brom on the opening day of the Barclays Premier League season.

Rodgers was unhappy that Dowd awarded two second-half penalties, the first of which also saw Daniel Agger red-carded. Although Long's resulting penalty was saved by Jose Reina, Peter Odemwingie tucked away the second spot-kick, awarded for Martin Skrtel's foul on Long, while Albion also found the target through Zoltan Gera and Romelu Lukaku.

Rodgers, however, felt the margin of victory did not reflect his side's efforts. He said: "I've no complaints about the first goal, a fantastic strike from Gera, showing wonderful technique. But in the second half, although I'm not going to go on about the referee, I thought the two penalty decisions were very harsh."

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