April 20, 2015 08:53:16 UK
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers admitted his side had been too passive as they slumped to a shock 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa in the semi-finals of the FA Cup.
The Reds led at Wembley thanks to Philippe Coutinho’s goal but Tim Sherwood’s side hit back to win the clash thanks to goals by Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph.
It was another bitter pill to swallow for Liverpool as they were beaten by Chelsea in the last four of the Capital One Cup earlier this year and also failed to reach the knockout stage of the Champions League.
We were nervous for some reason.
Their hopes of playing in the Champions League next season have diminished of late as well, and they are currently 7.00 to finish in the top four this term.
“We were nervous for some reason. Maybe when you want to win something so much, perhaps it plays on your mind,” said Rodgers.
“Dealing with the occasion is something we need to improve at. There have been other big games where we have dealt with that very well, but there are others where we haven’t.
“We were too passive. We need to focus on the performances and if we do that then normally we get the victories. But today it wasn’t at the right level.
“Now we have to strive for a top-four Premier League finish – it is an obligation of this wonderful club to fight until the finish.”
Liverpool face West Brom this weekend and are 1.95 to win at The Hawthorns.
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