West Brom 0 Liverpool 0: Brendan Rodgers explains side’s ‘downfall’

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers rues his side's failure to make the most of their chances after stalemate

Brendan Rodgers was left to rue Liverpool’s failure to make the most of their chances after a goalless draw with West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns.

The Reds manager started Mario Balotelli up front alongside attacking midfielders Philippe Coutinho, Raheem Sterling and Jordon Ibe for the trip to the Baggies.

We have to rely on other teams, but we can only do our job and that is still the plan

Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool enjoyed 74 per cent possession and registered 22 attempts on Boaz Myhill’s goal but the Reds failed to make the breakthrough despite the late introductions of Steven Gerrard and Adam Lallana.

Speaking to BBC Sport after the stalemate, Rodgers was quick to praise his Liverpool side for their outstanding effort despite more points dropped in the race for a top-four finish.

“We created opportunities, our only downfall was taking those chances but that has been a problem over the course of the season. I thought the players were outstanding, their courage and play on the ball. Across the team there were some outstanding performances.

“We have a game in hand and we have to chase that and fight for that but if the players play like they did today nine times out of 10 they would win. We will take this confidence into the midweek game.

“We have to rely on other teams, but we can only do our job and that is still the plan.”

Liverpool are seven points behind fourth-placed Manchester City, who face Aston Villa at Etihad Stadium in Saturday’s late kick-off.

The Reds crashed out of the FA Cup at the semi-final stage last weekend after a 2-1 defeat by Villa.

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