Rodgers admits Liverpool ‘not good enough’ after Palace collapse

Brendan Rodgers concedes that Liverpool's defending during 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace was "not good enough"

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers Photo: The Sport Review

Brendan Rodgers had no choice but to concede that Liverpool were “not good enough” after his side’s sensational collapse at Crystal Palace on Monday night.

The Reds looked to be heading back to the top of the Premier League after goals from Joe Allen, Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suárez put the visitors 3-0 up at Selhurst Park.

But Damien Delaney and Dwight Gayle scored twice in the last 11 minutes to set up a nervy finish, before the Palace forward levelled in the 88th minute to deliver a severe blow to Liverpool’s title hopes and leave them a point ahead of Manchester City, who play their game in hand in midweek.

We gave away the full three points having played so well

Brendan Rodgers

“We got the three goals and we could have had more, but it’s not good enough, the management of the game in those 12 minutes,” Rodgers told LFCTV.

“And that’s something going forward that we will need to look at, because you can’t do it.

“That’s 99 goals we’ve scored this season, so to come here and be 3-0 up and concede three goals, as a coach, that’s what you have to look at.

“The players gave everything, as they do. But we just didn’t defend well enough.

“It’s an area that we know we need to be better at. We’ve improved a lot in many aspects of our game and that will be an area I’m sure we’ll look at – and nobody more so than myself.”

Rodgers, whose side host Newcastle in their final game of the season this weekend, added: “We gave away the full three points having played so well.

“But if you defend like that, you’re going to concede goals and that was the disappointment.”

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