After watching his side slip to defeat at Hull City, Kop boss Brendan Rodgers identified a lack of creativity and goal scoring as persistent causes for concern…
Liverpool’s season cannot end quickly enough after a fourth defeat in seven all but mathematically ended any lingering top four aspirations.
The 1-0 Premier League defeat to Hull City at the KC Stadium on Tuesday night was reminiscent of many previous reversals this season as the Merseysiders struggled to find any fluency in the final third.
A 37th minute Michael Dawson header therefore proved enough to decide the outcome in a largely insipid encounter played against the backdrop of a supporters boycott from travelling Kopites.
Speaking at the final whistle in his post-match press conference, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers reflected: “We didn’t look like scoring, to be honest.
“We had some good moments and had enough of the ball, but never really threatened the goal as we would have liked, really.
“We’re disappointed with the goal we conceded. We didn’t have too many opportunities against us, but in that moment we didn’t defend well enough.
“We had enough of the game and between the boxes we were okay, but where it counts in that final third we just couldn’t make the breakthrough.
“The players put great energy into the game, they worked very hard but our struggles tonight were what they have been for a big part of the season in terms of creativity and scoring goals…
“Normally after a game, whether we win or lose, I never like to say too much to players because there’s always emotion, especially when you lose a game.
“I remember being here last year – we lost 3-1, we were disappointing and I didn’t say much. In the next game, we were fantastic at home against Norwich. I spoke about that after this game – we have an obligation to fight right until the very end.
“Of course, we wanted to be in that top four, but it was always going to be very, very difficult for us with how the season mapped itself out with the squad, injuries and whatnot. We can’t take away we’re fighting for a great club and we’re looking now to get the pace and momentum we can take through into next season.
“Tonight, you could see the players were fighting and working, there were a lot of young players still learning the game, but we never really looked like scoring a goal, to be honest.”
Defeat leaves the Reds seven points off the Champions League qualifying places with just four games to play.
Rodgers men, who currently sit fifth, are also looking over their shoulders with only goal-difference keeping them ahead of Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton just a point further back in seventh.
Finishing runners-up last term makes Liverpool’s struggles this campaign even more pronounced and has even led some observers to question Rodgers’ position.
“Every season you have to look to try to improve,” added the Northern Irishman. “We’ve looked to do that in the last couple of years.
“You can’t hide away from the fact that we’ve lost over 50 goals and the reality is, that isn’t in the team anymore and any team that loses that, you’re going to struggle to maintain the levels that you were at.
“Our level last year, with [Luis] Suarez and [Daniel] Sturridge and those players, we still weren’t tipped to be in the top four and were still written off. And that was with those players.
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