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Defiant Brendan Rodgers remains upbeat following Europa League exit

GREAT STRIKE: From Luis Suarez

GREAT STRIKE: From Luis Suarez

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers applauded his team’s battling performance after they fell just short of a place in the last 16 of the Europa League against Zenit St Petersburg.

Trailing 2-0 from the first leg, the Reds found themselves even further behind at Anfield when Jamie Carragher’s error gifted Hulk a goal which made the aggregate score 3-0.

However, Liverpool rallied and two free-kicks from Luis Suarez plus another strike from Joe Allen, brought the scores to 3-3 although Zenit held on to advance on away goals.

Despite exiting the competition, Rodgers had few complaints about his team’s display.

“I thought we were incredible tonight,” he said.

“Obviously we were two down from the first leg and to concede again, at 3-0 you might have thought the tie was over and done with.

“But we showed real character and quality tonight to get three goals, and we totally dominated the game, controlled the game and should have had a penalty.

“So we’re bitterly disappointed and we lost the battle tonight, but in terms of the war going forward we very much look forward to that.

“But I thought overall tonight we were fantastic.”

 

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