Liverpool FC not good enough for Champions League admits Brendan Rodgers
Liverpool draw 1-1 with Basel at Anfield and will now go into the Europa League
December 10th, 2014
Liverpool’s failure to win five of their six group games means that the Reds will be lining up in Europe’s secondary club competition next February, with Brendan Rodgers admitting his players just weren’t good enough.
Having taken just four points from their five Champions League matches before Tuesday night’s game, it was somewhat unfortunate that Liverpool had a chance to qualify, although Basel took the lead at Anfield and held tight when Steven Gerrard’s equaliser had thrown the Merseyside team a lifeline.
Rodgers was left to reflect on a poor Champions League campaign and will now look to improve on domestic matters before continuing in the Europa League next year.
“We are obviously disappointed,” the Liverpool manager said. “We had earned the right to be in the Champions League after a wonderful season last year but over the course of the games we weren’t good enough and didn’t get enough points. We can’t have any excuses about not qualifying. We had enough games.
“The big game was away in Basel, where we were disappointing. We conceded a poor goal and lost. If you deserve to go through, you get the points and you go through.
“For us it is simple, we haven’t been good enough over the course of the competition. We are going to fight as hard as we can to make sure it is not another five years [before Liverpool return to the Champions League]. We are bitterly disappointed and we will fight very hard to make sure we are back in it next year.”