Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes that his side can overturn last night’s 2-0 defeat against Zenit St Petersburg in next week’s return leg at Anfield.
His team were beaten in the first-leg tie by second half goals from Hulk and Sergei Semak. Liverpool had several chances of their own before falling behind, with Luis Suarez guilty of missing a glut of chances.
Rodgers still believes that his team can progress despite the defeat: “It’s not over by any means,” he said. “If we can get the next goal back then we can really put them under pressure with our fans behind us and what gives us great hope is that we created loads of chances.”
“We have a chance in the second leg. The next goal is hugely important, if we can get that then we can create great momentum. We know it is retrievable and we believe we still have a fighting chance.”
Rodgers added that aside from the goals conceded, he felt his side’s performance was “almost perfect” for an away match in Europe. The former Swansea City manager put the goals conceded down to inexperience and insisted his players would not make the same errors in six months’ time.
A fast start and no goals conceded will both be crucial next week if Liverpool are to progress to the last sixteen of Europe’s second cup competition.