Hull 1 Liverpool 0: We’ll fight until the end, vows Brendan Rodgers
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists their season won't fizzle out despite a surprise defeat at KC Stadium
Brendan Rodgers insisted he won’t allow Liverpool’s season to fizzle out after a surprise defeat at Hull City on Tuesday night.
Tigers defender Michael Dawson broke the deadlock in the 37th minute with a header past Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet at KC Stadium.
Of course, we wanted to be in that top four, but it was always going to be very, very difficult for us with how the season mapped itself out with the squad
Although the Reds had 69 per cent of possession and registered nine shots on target against their relegation-threatened opponents, Liverpool couldn’t conjure an equaliser.
Last season’s Premier League runners-up are seven points behind fourth-placed Manchester United with four games to go, but Rodgers refused to concede that their campaign is over.
“It’s something I spoke about afterwards [to the players],” Rodgers told his post-match media conference.
“Normally after a game, whether we win or lose, I never like to say too much to players because there’s always emotion, especially when you lose a game.
“I remember being here last year – we lost 3-1, we were disappointing and I didn’t say much. In the next game, we were fantastic at home against Norwich. I spoke about that after this game – we have an obligation to fight right until the very end.
“Of course, we wanted to be in that top four, but it was always going to be very, very difficult for us with how the season mapped itself out with the squad, injuries and whatnot. We can’t take away we’re fighting for a great club and we’re looking now to get the pace and momentum we can take through into next season.
Liverpool were unbeaten in 13 games in the Premier League before back-to-back losses to their top-four rivals Arsenal and United.
And the Reds manager conceded that dropping points to their closes rivals dented his side’s confidence heading into the final straight.
“We were fighting so hard in those games – we won 10 out of 13,” Rodgers added. “We were playing catch up for a lot of the season and we got ourselves into a great position.
“We lost a couple of big games, which probably dented our confidence a bit. That’s the challenge for me for next year, building a team that can get through the rough waters as well.
Liverpool face Queens Park Rangers at Anfield in their next Premier League game on Saturday afternoon.