Liverpool held to a 2-2 draw against Newcastle and were once again undone by a dead ball
Brendan Rodgers admits Liverpool FC must improve their defending at set-pieces after they were once again undone by a dead ball.
The Anfield outfit missed an opportunity to strengthen their claims at the top of the Premier League when they were held to a 2-2 draw at 10-man Newcastle United on Saturday.
Liverpool required a 72nd-minute Daniel Sturridge header to secure a point after poor marking allowed Magpies substitute Paul Dummett to steal in at the far post and convert a Yohan Cabaye free-kick.
Of the last six goals Liverpool have conceded, four have come from set-pieces.
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And Rodgers said: “It's something that we need to address, for sure. We have to be more aggressive and more switched on. It's concentration.
“The goal at home to Crystal Palace was disappointing. That was a poor goal to give away, but thankfully it never cost us.
“Here, conceding from a set piece put us on the back foot. We were looking forward to the second half at 1-1, and suddenly we were behind. The ball's come across, deep, and we've just not dealt with it..
“It's something for us to work on, but in football there is always something to improve on. At this moment, that is an area for us to look at.”
Liverpool now stand two points adrift of leaders Arsenal in third place and have lost only twice – both against Southampton – in their last 20 Premier League games.
“Since January, I think in terms of points gained, we are in the top three in the country,” said Rodgers. “Hopefully that is an indication that we're doing well and that the club is in order.
“I still think there's a hell of a lot of improvement for us to make, but in the main we're a tight unit, and we just need to keep moving forward.
“There will come a time when we start looking at when we can challenge, but we can't get carried away. The club finished eighth the year before I came in, and we finished seventh last year.
“The jump in terms of finances between there and the top end is massive. But we will continue to fight.
“We have stabilised the mentality, there's a strong culture at the club now, and I think the supporters can see the direction we're going in.”
Liverpool were without Lucas Leiva at Newcastle with the Brazilian instead present for the birth of his daughter Valentina.
And Rodgers confirmed that full-back Jose Enrique had missed the return to his former club with a niggling knee injury.