Brendan Rodgers blasted his Liverpool players after their Europa League loss to Udinese on Thursday, labelling them “lazy and sloppy”.
It was a third successive loss at Anfield for Rodgers’ men and the Northern Irishman was not best pleased when speaking about the performance in the post-match press conference.
“We totally dominated and some of our play was really good, but we were so loose at the start of the second half it was frightening," he said.
"I thought we were lazy, it was just loose, lazy and sloppy.
“Our concentration was so bad, we were 3-1 down before we knew it, and it was too late by then.”
Liverpool took the lead midway through the first half when Jonjo Shelvey timed his run into the box perfectly to head home Stewart Downing’s cross.
Rodgers’ side good value for their lead at half-time, but mistakes and lapses in concentration cost them in the second half; Antonio di Natale levelled the match just after half-time, Sebastian Coates headed into his own net and Steven Gerrard’s sloppy pass in midfield led to Giovanni Pasquale firing in from the edge of the area.
Luis Suarez pulled the deficit back to one with a delightful free-kick soon after, but Liverpool could not find the equaliser the Anfield crowd were urging them towards.
Rodgers saw his side put their opponents from Serie A under lots of pressure, but it was a failure to defend soundly that cost his side once again, something that irked him afterwards.
“It's so frustrating because we lost a game where I felt we were the much better side, and I honestly thought we had moved on from that,” he added.
“It is a lesson, you have to earn the right to win the game, but we didn't do that at the beginning of the second half.”
Liverpool now lie third in Europa League Group A with three points, just one behind Udinese and wealthy Russians Anzhi Makhachkala.