Brendan Rodgers ‘proud’ of Liverpool players despite Real Madrid rout
Liverpool manager heaps praise on outstanding Real Madrid
Brendan Rodgers says he is happy that Liverpool didn’t crumble despite a comprehensive 3-0 defeat by Real Madrid.
Los Blancos captain Cristiano Ronaldo broke the deadlock in the 23rd minute before Karim Benzema made it three with a quick-fire brace before half-time.
We’ve got a very young team and you saw that this evening – their experience in terms of games against our young squad
Liverpool mounted a spirited response in the second half as the Reds managed to stem the Madrid onslaught, but failed to adequately test Iker Casillas.
“They were outstanding, to be honest. They have got many players with big game experience and they’ve got quality right the way through their group,” Rodgers told Liverpool’s website.
“In the first period of the game we were very good with our intensity and pressing. We looked a threat but the first goal knocked us back a little bit. We’re disappointed with it and very quickly then we conceded two more.
“They didn’t have to be at their best to get their goals, particularly the second and third because we need to defend that better and we need to be more aggressive. But I don’t think you can say they didn’t play well or didn’t have to play well, because they did.
“They are a fantastic team, they have got great players. I’m also proud of my players, even though we lost the game 3-0. In the first period of the game and the second half, you see lots of teams crumble at 3-0 down against a team of that quality and speed on the counter-attack.
“We’ve got a very young team and you saw that this evening – their experience in terms of games against our young squad. But I was proud of the players tonight for how they kept going.”