Brendan Rodgers: Liverpool tried to play ‘Roy of the Rovers football’
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers criticises his side for playing "Roy of the Rovers football" at Selhurst Park
Brendan Rodgers criticised Liverpool for trying to play “Roy of the Rovers football” in a bid to improve their goal difference after a 3-3 draw at Crystal Palace.
The Reds went all-out-attack after Joe Allen, Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez had put the visitors three goals up inside 55 minutes at Selhurst Park.
Palace moved to within a goal of Liverpool thanks to efforts from Damien Delaney and Dwight Gayle, before the Eagles striker levelled with two minutes remaining.
Manchester City can move to the top of the Premier League table if they beat Aston Villa on Wednesday night, and Rodgers admitted Liverpool were too open in their search for more goals.
“We thought we could play Roy of the Rovers football and make the goal difference up. But it was about winning the game. We didn’t manage the game,” Rodgers said.
“For 78 minutes we were outstanding, had done everything we’d wanted to do, looked solid defensively had control of the ball and had three goals.
“But we got carried away, thought we could have more, and lost our defensive structure.”