Liverpool boss slams squad display after Champions League elimination

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers slammed his team’s first half display in their 1-1 draw with FC Basel, a result which saw them get eliminated from the Champions League, Skysports reports.

Despite starting the second half on better terms, they were shortly reduced to 10 men when Lazar Markovic picked up a red card for swinging his arm at Behrang Safari.

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Rodgers revealed his unhappiness at their display in the first half after admitting his team was not good enough to compete in the latter stages of the competition, but did have some praise for their performance during the second half.

“The expectation was to get through the group and we haven’t done that,” he said. “It wasn’t good enough over the course of the group, but we will learn from the experience. We need to be better.

“First half we were very disappointing, our possession and our position in the game was disappointing. Technically we were way short, but second half the players were magnificent.

“The players gave everything in the second half,” he added. “The quality, tempo and speed of the game was better and it looked like they (Basel) were hanging on by the end.”