Liverpool lacked creativity in their Europa League exit, says Rodgers.


Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers accepted his team lacked creativity in their defeat to Besiktas in the Europa League.

The Turkish team levelled when Tolgay Arslan's sublime strike found the top corner of the net in the 73rd minute, sending the home fans wild at the Ataturk Stadium.

It ended 1-0 and 1-1 on aggregate after 90 minutes and it went on to extra time before a penalty shoot-out decided the tie. Dejan Lovren missed the last spot-kick which ended the Merseysider’s brief journey in the competition.

After the clash, Rodgers said: “We are disappointed of course to go out in the manner we did.

“I thought we created opportunities in the first half and over the course of the game we defended very well. We just got too deep and they scored.

“I am proud of the players, the young players have had a great experience in a fantastic atmosphere.

“We were missing a lot of our creativity this evening but there is no excuse.

“We played a lot of young players, we played with two strikers, so it was an attacking line-up and then once Besiktas get the goal we didn't create so much.

“It was a tight game but we just failed to take the opportunities we had.

“When you are away from home the objective is to keep a clean sheet.

“Our objective this season was to win a cup. It is not to be in this competition but we have an excellent opportunity in another competition [the FA Cup].”


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