Liverpool Lose Yet Again: Is Their Title Bid Already Over?

Liverpool's dream of landing their first title in over 20 years is already up in smoke after they succumbed to their third league defeat in just five games against West Ham United on Saturday.

Brendan Rodgers' new-look side have so far struggled to gel together in their opening Premier League encounters, and it's already looking like it will be a tall-order for them to finish above the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City in the table. Of course, it is still very early days in their bid to land the title. However, there was very little to suggest that Liverpool are genuine contenders for the crown.

It looked bleak for Liverpool from as early as the seventh minute. Winston Reid and Diafra Sakho gave the Hammers the lead, but then it looked as though a Liverpool siege was imminent after Raheem Sterling got a goal back for Rodgers' men after 26 minutes. After halftime, Liverpool then began to vigorously attack West Ham's goal, but they just couldn't find a way past their keeper, Adrian.

The shot-stopper made a number of quality blocks to preserve his side's advantage, and then as Liverpool tried to once again find a way through, Morgan Amalfitano broke up the other end of the field to fire home a third goal for West Ham that secured their first home victory of the season.

After the match, Rodgers admitted that Liverpool are a long way away from their best, and that a lot of work will now be conducted on the training field to improve.

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