Liverpool were eliminated from the Champions League last night after failing to beat Swiss side, Basel in their last Champions League Group Stage Qualifier. The Reds could only manage a 1-1 draw and Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers admitted his side weren’t good enough to progress.
Speaking to BBC Sport, Rodgers said, “We have to be better in our performance level. We haven’t been good enough over the course of qualification. There is disappointment, but now we have to fight for the rest of the season.”
“We can’t have any excuses.
“We had enough games to try and get enough points but the key one was away to Basel, where we were disappointing and lost. If you deserve to go through you get the points. We really wanted to qualify but we weren’t good enough. But you have to remember where we have come from. We have come a long way in a short time.”
Steven Gerrard who scored on the night, echoed his managers cry, “We have not gone out because of this performance,” said the 34-year-old midfielder. “We weren’t good enough away to Basel and we let in a silly goal away to Ludogorets. You qualify over six games and we have not been good enough.”
Liverpool who have been below par all season will be feeling dejected after failing to qualify for the Champions League next round. However, they still qualify for the Europa Cup, a competition that Rodgers and co must believe they can win. The Europa Cup could lead to winning performances and have a knock on affect on their Premier League campaign.