Brendan Rodgers fields questions after the Zenit defeat

Liverpool’s woes at both ends of the pitch continue against Zenit

Zenit St Petersburg 2-0 Liverpool

Europa League Last 32 1st Leg
Petrovsky Stadium
Thu 14th February 2013 5:00 pm

Zenit St Petersburg 2-0 Liverpool

Brendan Rodgers was handed another lesson in his short career in European football when Zenit scored twice in two minutes to make themselves strong favourites to qualify.

Brendan Rodgers fields questions after the Zenit defeat

Much maligned Joe Allen was returned to the Liverpool line-up, with Martin Skrtel also replacing Daniel Agger in central defence.

Zenit went straight on to the attack and almost scored as huge holes appeared in an area previously known as 'the Liverpool midfield'.

But while Hulk was creating chances for himself, at the other end Suarez also could have had a first half hat-trick.  He did well to pounce on Lombaerts poor pass, and took the ball around the keeper.  His touch was slightly heavy however, and Lombaerts managed to get back to clear.

Another chance saw Suarez narrowly toe-poke the ball wide as he endured a second night of frustration in 72 hours in a Liverpool shirt.

Suarez saw a curled shot go narrowly wide (when it looked almost easier to hit the target), and in the second half a pass from Sterling into the 6 yard box, saw his extravagant back flick go the wrong side of the post.

Interspersed with all of these Suarez moments however, was dominating free flowing football from the hosts.

Hulk and Danny had plenty to offer the Russian side, as they were buoyed by terrific support from their home fans.

In the 70th minute Jordan Henderson gave the ball away and Hulk advanced before smashing in a shot into the top corner.

Liverpool, for an astonishing 3rd time in 4 games, conceded a second goal straight away.

Skrtel failed to clear a cross and Semak put the tie 2 goals out of Liverpool's reach.

Liverpool have it all to do in the second leg, but with our inability to defend and inexperience of some of the players and manager in European football, the task looks even more difficult than the two-goal deficit.

Anfield next Thursday will see either another fantastic European night at Anfield or the end of Liverpool's season.

 

  • dean jones

    First mistake playing Allen over Lucas ? Second mistake playing sterling over Borini ? Third mistake being LFC manager,and take your DIDDY MEN & backroom JOKERS with you,WHEN YOUR F*CKING SACKED !!! Your a f*cking idiot in front of the press FACT ;-(