Liverpool lost 2-1 in the FA Cup semi-final against Aston Villa at Wembley on Sunday afternoon. Here’s what Brendan Rodgers had to say post-match.
For Liverpool the defeat means all they have to play for now is the faint hope of Champions League football, given they are now seven points behind fourth-placed Manchester City, and at least securing Europa League qualification.
The loss also ends the dream of a glorious send-off for long-serving captain Steven Gerrard, who turns 35 on the day of the FA Cup final on May 30, but Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers had few complaints.
“We were very disappointing. I thought Aston Villa were much better than us today and that’s the overriding feeling after the game,” he said.
“We didn’t play today, we looked very nervous for some reason. We’re a team that’s built on passing and playing it quickly but we were very disappointing in that aspect and they were much better than us.”
However, Rodgers was angered that Mario Balotelli saw a late effort chalked off for offside when replays showed he was clearly not.
The manager said: “It was very clear, it was a very poor decision by the official because he’s looking right across the line. He should be able to see that the full-back’s keeping him at least a yard onside.
“It was a terrific ball in, he’s got a good touch so he’s in on goal and, like you say, he took it through and finished it, so you need that to go for you.”