Steven Gerrard delivered an honest assessment of Liverpool’s latest poor performance, as the Reds fell to a 1-0 defeat to Bael in Switzerland.
The result leaves Liverpool level on points with the Swiss champions, and facing a double header against reigning champions Real Madrid, as they look to navigate their way out of Champions League group B.
But it was the performance that was of biggest concern to Gerrard, who knows Liverpool must improve quickly if they are to avoid an early exit from the competition.
He told Sky Sports after the game: “I think we created a good few openings where you would expect us to go and score but we didn’t deserve anything out of this game.
“I thought we were too soft all over the pitch. I thought they wanted it more, which is very disappointing. Conceding again from a set-piece isn’t good enough, so we need to get it right. You’re not going to win a football match if you keep conceding from set-pieces.
“I thought we were second-best at times tonight. I think they are an okay team, but I wouldn’t say we were blown off the park or that they were fantastic.
“We made it easy for them and we wanted something out of this game – at least a draw. We came for the win, I expected us to win, so it was very disappointing.
“We will discuss it, we will analyse it like we always do. There were signs against Everton that we were coming back closer to where we wanted to be.
“We were aggressive with and without the ball against Everton but we went back to where we have been for most of the season tonight, which is not good enough.”
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