Brendan Rodgers’s tenure at Liverpool got off to the worst possible start as his side shipped three away at West Brom and had Daniel Agger sent off, as Arsenal struggled in front of goal without last season’s top scorer Robin van Persie. Brendan Rodgers’ life as Liverpool manager got off to a difficult start (Picture: Getty) It wouldn’t have been the beginning to life as Liverpool boss that Rodgers had in mind, after joining from Swansea City over the summer.His side produced an inept display as they lost 3-0 to West Brom, whose own new manager Steve Clarke marked his first game in charge after leaving his assistant post at Anfield under Kenny Dalglish.Liverpool were over-run from start to finish at The Hawthorns, but it took a stunning long-range strike from Zoltan Gera just before the break to put the Baggies in front. Zoltan Gera put the Baggies in front with a long-range effort (Picture: Action Images) Things were to get worse for the visitors 12 minutes into the second half, when defender Agger saw red for a foul on Shane Long.But the Irishman couldn’t add to his side’s lead, as his poor spot-kick was comfortably saved by Pepe Reina.Peter Odemwingie made no such mistake just minutes later, though, after Long was again fouled in the area, this time by Martin Skrtel – and Odemwingie dispatched the resulting penalty to double the Baggies’ advantage.Romelu Lukaku, on loan from Chelsea, heaped more misery on the visitors as he powered a header past Reina to seal the win. Romelu Lukaku netted a debut goal for West Brom (Picture: Action Images) To cap off a thoroughly miserable day for Brendan Rodgers, substitute Joe Cole lasted all of 11 minutes before he was replaced by Andy Carroll due to a hamstring problem.Arsenal meanwhile showed life after Van Persie may be tough as they could only muster a 0-0 draw with Sunderland at the Emirates Stadium.It was a familiar story for Arsene Wenger’s men, who enjoyed much of the possession but couldn’t convert their chances. Olivier Giroud missed a chance to put Arsenal in front (Picture: AP) New signing Olivier Giroud missed a great opportunity for a debut goal when he failed to convert from 12 yards, while fellow debutant Lukas Podolski also fired a blank.It was a more positive start to life at the Emirates for Santo Cazorla, who put in an impressive display.But overall it was a frustrating afternoon for Wenger, who will no doubt have his players in for extra shooting practice tomorrow. PICTURES: Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland
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