Champions League day 2 – Basel 1-0 Liverpool 

Coach Rodgers expresses his frustration

“The goal we conceded was far too soft – and it’s not the first one.

“It was a very disappointing goal to concede after all the work, all the talking and all the training ground work that we do on them.

“We never got going in the first 25 minutes; we gave it away too easily and didn’t have the passing combinations. Then we grew into the game and were probably the better side. We started to distribute the ball better and create some chances.

“We started the second half well and went close on a couple of occasions. Then we conceded a soft goal and it’s difficult away from home.

“This is a club that has had a great record against English teams. But tonight was an opportunity for us to at the very least get a point from the game.”

“I think he worked hard. It’s obviously his job to create and score goals, and he’s working,” began the boss, asked for an assessment of the Italian’s display.

“He went close with a free-kick where he had a great shot. He knows his job is to create and score goals, and he’s working hard to get into the areas. That’s what we’re asking of him.”

“We’re under no illusion that the next couple of games are tough games. But our objective is still to qualify, get through and into the knockout stages. That’s still the focus for us.

“It was a disappointing result for us tonight, but our next game will be a great occasion for us at Anfield. We’re really looking forward to that now because in this competition in particular your home games are very important”.

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