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Wednesday 13 December 2017

LUDO REGRETS

BRENDAN Rodgers grabbed hold of a Champions League lifeline in Bulgaria and promised Liverpool fans something to cheer about when Basel visit Anfield for a group shoot-out on December 9.

But the beleaguered Liverpool boss could not hide his disappointment at the concession of a late goal from a corner which gifted minnows Ludogrets a point and underlined how big a job he has to do to find some consistency and form in defence.

"In the Premier League we have not been good enough in our performances or consistency - that's my responsibility," said Rodgers.

"In the Champions League, it was always going to be a very close group and all the teams in there have showed they are good teams.

Liverpool have now leaked 29 goals in all competitions so far and just under half of them have been lost from set pieces

"We would have liked to win, we should have won, but didn't. Obviously we are disappointed with the goal at the end but it should be a great night at Anfield," Rodgers added.

Liverpool can now guarantee participation in the knock-out phase with a win over Basel at Anfield in two weeks, after a game which Rodgers described as the one to kick-start their season.

"We spoke before the game. I said that this has to be the night that changes our season. We showed wonderful resilience and scored two great goals."

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