Too high for Liverpool, eliminated from Champions League – coach reacts
UEFA Champions League day 6 – Liverpool 1-1 Basel
Coach Rodgers reacts on the elimination:
“We’re obviously disappointed but we can’t have any excuses about not qualifying – we had enough games,” reflected the Northern Irishman at his post-match press conference from the stadium.
“The big game for us was away in Basel, where we were disappointing, didn’t perform well, conceded a poor goal and lost out there. We can have no complaints. If you deserve to go through and get the points, then you go through.
“In the first half we weren’t good enough – it’s as simple as that. Technically, we were way short. This is a competition, in particular, where technically you’ve got to be much better than what we were in the first half.
“Our positioning wasn’t good, the options for the guy on the ball weren’t anywhere near what we would want and expect from a team that is based on a technical game. In the second half, we were much better on that front and showed more courage to go and play.
“In the last 10 minutes it looked like we could maybe get the goal; we got into some good areas but the final pass just let us down. We have all learned from the experience this season and we now go into the Europa League, which is very much a prestigious tournament and we want to do very well in that.
“We’d earned the right to be in it this year after a wonderful season last year, but over the course of the games we weren’t good enough, didn’t collect enough points and ultimately went out.
“It has been a really good learning experience for us and we’ll fight as hard as we possibly can to ensure it’s not another five years. We’ve come a long way in a short period of time.
“But we go out tonight and are bitterly disappointed. There’s been a lot of learning over the course of the games and we’ll look to fight very hard to be back in it again next year.”