Rodgers: Title chase over

Brendan Rodgers has conceded defeat in the Premier League title race following Liverpool's late collapse at Crystal Palace.

Last Updated: 06/05/14 at 14:34 Post Comment

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The Reds stormed into a 3-0 lead at Selhurst Park and were eager to build on that advantage as they attempted to eat away at Manchester City's superior goal difference.

They were, however, to pay the price for defensive frailties, with Palace battling back to snatch an unlikely point.

Stalemate in the capital is enough to take Liverpool back to the top of the table, but they hold a slender one-point advantage heading into the final weekend and know City still have two more fixtures to take in.

Asked if a first top flight crown in 24 years had now eluded his side, Rodgers told Sky Sports: "Yes, I think we needed to win tonight to keep the pressure on.

"Manchester City, they have got two home games now, two tough games, but we needed to win it. I think Manchester City will go on and win their two games and they will be champions.

"But for us it's been an outstanding season up until now. For us to get 81 points, it's a great achievement. We're obviously disappointed now but we'll go again.

"We have got a great game at Anfield now to finish the season and we'll keep looking to build and develop what we're doing."

Rodgers admits that Liverpool did themselves few favours against Palace, with the ability to see out what looked like being a comfortable win sadly lacking.

He said on the mood in his camp: "As you can imagine, it's very quiet. For 75 minutes it was an outstanding performance, we got the goals. The important thing was to win the game tonight and to at least put some sort of pressure on Manchester City, but very disappointed that we conceded the three goals.

"It was very poor defending that cost us. They showed great spirit to come back. The comfort that we had in the game and the quality we showed to get 3-0 up, you've got to manage the game better than that.

"It's decision-making. We look at the goals - we can do better on the first one, they play a short free-kick, and probably the free-kick they had they probably played it short because they didn't want to be counter-attacked.

"We have got to close the ball quicker on the edge of the area, it takes a deflection and it's 3-1 with 12 minutes to go and extra-time and the game is still alive. It's very disappointing.

"You just have to manage the game on the field. The goals, the second one comes from our corner. We play a square pass across the edge of the box and they break away.

"It's just decision-making, you have to make better decisions in the game, and ultimately that's what cost us."

Former Liverpool centre-back - and now Sky Sports pundit - Jamie Carragher feels Liverpool have shown vulnerability in the back four all season.

And as Luis Suarez left the pitch in tears after the final whistle, he said the players only have themselves to blame.

"You look at Suarez and you think you feel sorry for him, but you can't feel sorry for Liverpool in that situation," he told Monday Night Football.

"That is not acceptable, for all the plaudits Liverpool have had in the last few months - and deservedly so as they have been the most outstanding team in the Premier League to watch and excited us all.

"But that has been their Achilles' heel all season. Even when they've been winning games it's been 4-3 or 6-3 or 3-2. We always felt the defence would come back and haunt them with the goals they've conceded.

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

till reckon Chelsea will go for Khedira as back up for Matic. I think it will turn out to be quite a Mourihno-y window: We'll see the squad players and youth in action pre-season, say things like well, we need not buy anybody and then the club will bid £60m for Pogba and send everybody on loan.

tk421
F365's Transfer Guide - Part One

I

would love to be a fly on the wall at the meeting between Milner and Rodgers. I don't know if flies can count, but if they can then I would be counting the number of times Rodgers used the word outstanding in his attempts to get Milner to sign.

godzilla
Reds and Arsenal chase Milner

W

ell, it wouldn't be a summer without Arsenal fans fretting over losing a key player, and United throwing their weight around and muscling in on transfer deals which are (apparently) near to completion. If we can't be entertained by the football on the pitch, let's enjoy the silly off-pitch soap opera of the transfer season. Hurrah!

CamberleyGooner
The Back To It Gossip

Footer 365

Gundogan yet to make decision on future

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan could yet join Manchester United this summer, according to a report from Germany.

Liverpool close in on Milner - Report

Want-away Man City midfielder James Milner could be announced as a Liverpool player by the end of the week, according to reports.

Atleti, Arsenal and Liverpool target Vietto

Villarreal are reportedly attempting to renegotiate Luciano Vietto's contract to ward off interest from Atletico Madrid, Arsenal and Liverpool.

Mail Box

Calling Carlo For Liverpool... Please

One Liverpool Mailer wants a manager who isn't starstruck by the job. Plus why Milner has now become overrated, play-offs for the title, Ronaldinho and democracy..

James Milner: Jose's Perfect Player?

Probably. But presumably he would not swap one bench for another. We have mails on over-hyped players, Arsenal enthusiasm, UEFA, FIFA and naked dudes...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company