Brendan Rodgers proud of LFC team despite Europa League exit
Besiktas knock Liverpool out of Europa League after winning penalty shoot-out
February 27th, 2015
Liverpool were hoping to make a big splash in Europe this season although an early Champions League exit has been followed by a Europa League defeat at the hands of Besiktas.
The Turkish side took the tie to extra-time and subsequently penalties, with Dejan Lovren missing from the spot to mean Liverpool will now look to the FA Cup as the last chance to win silverware this term.
Brendan Rodgers rued a lack of cutting edge despite selecting Daniel Sturridge, Mario Balotelli and Raheem Sterling, although the manager was pleased with how the team generally performed.
The Liverpool manager said: “We are disappointed to go out in the manner we did. I thought we created lots of opportunities in the first half to make it really difficult for them, we defended very well, limited them to very few chances, but we were punished for the one where we were too deep. We sat off just a fraction and they scored. I am proud of the team, it was a fantastic atmosphere. We are disappointed having put so much into the game”.
Rodgers added: “We didn’t come to lose, we came to win. It was a good game, not much in the game and the pitch was very difficult for both teams. For us we now just have to concentrate on a league campaign that is going very well for us now, and we have another cup competition – that was always the aim for us, to do well in a cup competition this season.
“I think up until they scored we were quite comfortable in the game. We were away from home and the objective was to keep a clean sheet”.