Monday, 28th April, 2014

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has lauded the performance of his side, despite the Reds losing 2-0 to Chelsea yesterday.

The Blues, who took a defensive approach at Anfield, opened the scoring just before half-time after Demba Ba capitalised on a Steven Gerrard mistake.

Liverpool threw everything at Chelsea in search of an equaliser after the break, but the league’s top-scorers failed to breach the Stamford Bridge club’s defence.

Instead, it was Jose Mourinho’s side, who doubled their advantage in the closing stages of the match through Willian.


And Rodgers, who credited Chelsea for their defensive astuteness, also hailed the performance of his charges.

"My players were outstanding today [Sunday] apart from just that final bit around the box", the manager told his club’s official site.

"Congratulations to Chelsea, they won the game. They probably came for a draw and we just couldn't quite make the breakthrough.

"But we showed everything today. We tried to get on the ball and we were the team that wanted to win the game.”

The loss slashed Liverpool’s lead at the top of the table to just two points. However, Rodgers feels it is a big achievement for his side to still remain two points ahead of Chelsea, a club who have spent heavily this season.

"We're obviously disappointed with the result, but I only have pride for the players after the game because we sit two points above Chelsea, and you see the squad that they have”, he added.

"I can tell the players, like I did say afterwards, that I'm so proud of them and the position we find ourselves in, with the money that has been spent at the top end of the table, for us to still be two points clear of Chelsea."

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