Roy Hodgson optimistic despite defeat

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Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson refused to be too downbeat after his side's 3-0 loss at Manchester City on Monday evening.

The Citizens cashed in on their home patch as a Gareth Barry strike and a Carlos Tevez brace eased the hosts to a comfortable victory.

But Hodgson felt the scoreline flattered their opponents and he believes they just needed the rub of the green in front of goal.

"It's a bit premature to start discussing how big the match is. Hopefully in the next 36 games we can take some points," the former Fulham boss commented.

"We were a bit unlucky to get beaten so heavily. I don't think we deserved to get beat by three goals to nil.

"Pepe Reina wasn't called into action that often and I thought we had one or two good spells in the game.

"They scored the goals at the right time. The second goal from the corner kick in the second half made it an uphill task for us.

"We stuck at it and we were a bit unlucky not to get one back when (Joe) Hart made an incredible double save. We lacked a cutting edge and the organisation I would have liked."

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