Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier admitted his side were were suffering a crisis of confidence after their 3-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield.
"The first goal affected our morale," said the former Liverpool boss. "We are not the most confident team at the moment and we are aware of that.
"We are on the back of three defeats and so obviously the first goal looked as if it has done us.
"The second goal looked as if it was offside but it was a vital goal because it probably means the game is over.
"After that we took some time to get back into the game and start playing.
"We conceded a third goal on the break and that was it. We need to address a few problems in the team at the moment and one of those is the need to defend better."
On his return to Anfield, where his name was sung by the Kop, the Frenchman added: "The fans were good. I appreciated the fact that they chanted my name at the end. It shows they can remember.
"There was also a banner at the start of the game. I was not emotional but I was extremely touched by that."