Brendan Rodgers has admitted that whilst he was happy Steven Gerrard got the send-off he deserved, he can’t hide his disappointment in Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday evening.
In a game that probably epitomised the Reds’ disappointing campaign, Liverpool slumped to their second defeat of the season at the hands of Palace, meaning they must go to Stoke next week to cement a fifth place finish and avoid Europa League qualifying rounds.
“Steven got a wonderful send-off and gave everything right to the very end,” Rodgers told press. “He was the one that was driving forward in the game to try to get us the goals.
“The support he got was absolutely brilliant and probably what he would expect, having been a wonderful player here and given his all for the club.
“In terms of that, it was fantastic for him and his family, and a special day for him.
“In terms of the result and the performance, it was disappointing. We started reasonably well and scored a fantastic goal with Adam, but we made poor defensive errors across the field today.
“That punished us at the end of the first half and in the second half. We didn’t defend well enough; their attacking players caused us a problem and we didn’t cope with that.
“Overall, the second half was a disappointing performance.”