23 Oct 2014

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers remains upbeat after defeat

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was determined to stay positive despite his side’s 3-0 defeat to Real Madrid at Anfield.

Madrid were simply superb on the night as they outclassed Liverpool, but Rodgers continued to remain upbeat at the final whistle.
“The first 22 minutes of the game we were excellent but from the first goal to half time Real Madrid showed their real quality,” said Rodgers.

“They were terrific. Second half we played for pride and we were outstanding, the players kept going, they didn’t stop. We defended poorly but I can’t ask any more.

“You can see Real’s quality. Speed, technique; you can see why they are champions. The second and third goals are from set-pieces again, it’s an issue for us and we have to be better than that.”
Former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo, who had never scored at Anfield, was brilliant on the night and he has set his sights on retaining the trophy with Madrid this season.
“It was special, my first goal at Anfield and I am very happy. Amazing,” said Ronaldo.

“We knew that Anfield is a difficult place but we were fantastic in the first 45 minutes and we deserved to win.

“Can we retain the cup? Why not? We are taking it step-by-step but we are going to try. We know it will be tough but we are positive and it is possible.”

Credit: Jason Farrell/SetantaSport

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