Soccer-Liverpool beaten on opening day, Arsenal draw

LONDON, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Brendan Rodgers endured a sorry

Premier League start as Liverpool boss with a 3-0 defeat at West

Bromwich Albion on the opening day of the season on Saturday

while Arsenal, without Robin van Persie, were held 0-0 by


A Zoltan Gera cracker, Peter Odemwingie's penalty after

Daniel Agger had been sent off, and Romelu Lukaku's header left

former Swansea City manager Rodgers frustrated as Liverpool fans

sang the name of sacked predecessor Kenny Dalglish.

Swansea showed they have got over the loss of Rodgers as

Michael Laudrup's new side thumped Queens Park Rangers 5-0 away

with Spanish close-season signing Michu scoring twice.

Mladen Petric also enjoyed a dream debut with a brace in

Fulham's 5-0 home triumph over Norwich City while West Ham

United's return to the top flight was marked by a 1-0 win over

Aston Villa as fellow new boys Reading drew 1-1 with Stoke City.

Newcastle United host Andre-Villas Boas and Tottenham

Hotspur later (1630 GMT) with champions Manchester City hosting

Southampton on Sunday when Chelsea go to Wigan Athletic.

Manchester United and Van Persie travel to Everton on


(Reporting by Mark Meadows; Editing by Stephen Wood)