Liverpool lose out at Zenit

One of England’s four remaining teams in the Europa League – Liverpool - slumped to a disappointing 2-0 loss against Russian outfit Zenit St Petersburg last night.

Liverpool lose out at Zenit

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Ross Gibson

February 15th, 2013

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Liverpool have relied on the goal scoring prowess of Luis Suarez for the majority of this season, so when their 22 goal man is misfiring, you know it is going to be a bitterly hard game to get anything out of.

Two goals within two minutes created the final scoreline with ‘The Hulk’ firing into the top left corner of the goal from the edge of the box on 70 minutes after Jordan Henderson lost the ball cheaply. Take nothing away from Hulk; it was an absolutely stunning finish! The second goal came in the 72nd minute from another disappointing defending error. This time the usually reliable Martin Skrtel failed to clear the ball from Aleksandr Anyukov’s cross and substitute Semak finished from close range.

Despite the scoreline, Liverpool did in fact enjoy a large amount of the possession during the game but they never really managed to create enough clear cut chances to give themselves a chance of nicking something from the game – and when they did, their usually reliable man Suarez would miss!

Despite this, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers remains positive that his side can still progress to the next stages though.

“There is no way the tie is over – we are more than capable of getting the goals back,” he claimed.

“What gives us hope is that we created enough to win the game.”

Zenit fans have been at the centre of quite a lot of controversy in recent years but Brendan Rodgers made a statement thanking the home fans for creating ‘a wonderful atmosphere within the stadium’. Rodgers’ statement comes in the light of him expressing his concern of the threat of possible racist abuse during the game, which I am sure will be to the delight of the Russian Football Union.

Rodgers said: “I can only thank the club for how we’ve been received.

“I read and heard a lot about Zenit St Petersburg as a club, city and people before we got here.

“There were no problems at the game, it was a wonderful atmosphere and we want to thank the people of Zenit and Russia.”

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