Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is confident his side will learn from Saturday’s defeat to West Ham United and return to Premier League action after the international break stronger.
The Reds had started the new season in good fashion before the clash at home to the Hammers, having recorded 1-0 victories over Stoke City and Bournemouth before drawing 0-0 against Arsenal.
However, they were brought back down to earth with a crashing blow at Anfield as the visitors made the most of some poor defending to run out 3-0 winners.
To make matters worse for Liverpool they will be without Philippe Coutinho for the clash against traditional rivals Manchester United on September 12 after the Brazil international was sent off.
Croatia international Dejan Lovren endured a torrid time and the defender made a huge error for the second goal, allowing Manuel Lanzini to win the ball just outside the penalty to set up Mark Noble to double the advantage.
The defeat will have dented the confidence of the team, who had not conceded in the league before the loss, but Rodgers insists his players are honest enough to accept their mistakes and move on.
“Up until today, the morale and confidence has been really high and we’ve been developing and improving,” he said. “We know today a lot of it was self-inflicted in relation to the result. We gave poor goals away and that was the biggest disappointment.
“I’m lucky that I work with a very honest group who work very hard on the training field. There’s a lot of analysis behind that as well and we’ll now get ready for the next game.
“At this level, you have to be able to bounce back – and that’ll be the job in the next game. We’ll learn from it.”