Steven Gerrard calls for calm after Liverpool’s 3-0 defeat at The Hawthorns
It was a miserable afternoon for Liverpool on Saturday as the Reds paid the price for missing a host of first-half chances to eventually be defeated 3-0 by West Brom.
August 20th, 2012
On another day, Luis Suarez would have scored two goals before the interval and Steven Gerrard has urged supporters to remain calm after this opening day loss, with the captain demanding a response from his team-mates.
Liverpool play Hearts in the Europa League on Thursday and Gerrard feels that his team can quickly get the weekend result out of their system.
“The feeling after was one of total shock with the result. It was never a 3-0 game,” said the England international.
“I fancied us to go there, dominate and win but things didn’t work out that way. 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.”
Gerrard added in the Liverpool Echo: “After a 3-0 defeat everyone is going to be concerned. It’s important that the likes of myself and the other experienced players take responsibility for a poor defeat.
“We have to put it behind us. We’ve got to dust ourselves down and bounce back against Hearts [in the Europa League] on Thursday night. We have to react in the right manner and look to put things right in the coming games.”