“Where was Sterling?”- Liverpool fans react to Europa League exit and Dejan Lovren missed penalty

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Liverpool crashed out of the Europa League against Besiktas on Thursday evening. We round-up the social media reaction on a deeply disappointing evening for Brendan Rodgers’ side.

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - Thursday, February 26, 2015: Besiktas JK's head coach Slaven Bilic consoles Liverpool's Dejan Lovren, who missed the vital fifth penalty shooting over the bar in the shoot-out after a 1-1 aggregate draw, during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 2nd Leg match at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It was an extremely poor night at the office on the whole, and the Reds’ performance simply got worse and worse the more the game went on.

They were dominant in the opening 45 minutes, despite not creating a huge amount, but after the break Besiktas were far superior. They worked harder, passed better and deservedly prevailed 5-4 on penalties.

There were not too many Liverpool players who could leave the pitch with their heads held high, and the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling put in woeful performances well short of their best.

The defeat means Rodgers and his side now have the Premier League and FA Cup to concentrate on, and after 120 gruelling minutes of action in Turkey, Sunday’s clash with Manchester City at Anfield could be a tough afternoon’s work.

Here is how fans and journalists reacted to the Besiktas defeat on social media:

‘Lucas’ on the forums:

Chasing shadows all night. Looked absolutely knackered and I dread to think the state we’ll be in for City as we fly back at 4 in the morning and kick off at midday Sunday. Absolutely disastrous.

‘RedLaw’ on the forums:

So with a penalty shootout a real possibility Rodgers decided to take off Balotelli. Then he actually allowed Dejan Lovren to take the vital fifth penalty. One or two (we know who they are) will go into meltdown for the criticism towards Rodgers tonight, but it’s well justified. Bad decisions from the manager really did cost us. Gutted.

https://twitter.com/M_Sweeting/status/571048564136255488

‘craigbellamy’ on the forums:

The opponents wanted it more and we deserved nothing. Poor all around, no pressing from us and midfield was lost. The worse player was Sterling and as for Lovren? At least he had the balls to step up and take a penalty. Remember Messi last night, we’re all human.

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