Liverpool latest: Including Zenit Reaction and Van Wolfswinkel

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says the club still have a chance of qualifying through to the last 16 of the Europa League. Liverpool lost 2-0 against Zenit St Petersburg yet Rodgers has described their performance as ‘nearly perfect’ despite the clear defeat.

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard has called on Liverpool supporters to help the side overturn a 2-0 first leg deficit against Russian side Zenit. Gerrard has praised the way the club played despite the defeat and has urged Liverpool fans to create an intimidating atmosphere for the second leg at Anfield.

Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup says he is expecting to face a much stronger Liverpool side this weekend. The clubs meet in the only Premier League fixture this weekend, on Sunday following Swansea’s 3-1 win in the League Cup earlier on in the season.

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has admitted that the club have a mountain to climb to overcome Zenit St Petersburg in the Europa League. Liverpool lost the first leg yesterday 2-0 despite fielding a strong side which included Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez.

A group of Liverpool fans were allegedly attacked before the club’s Europa League game with Zenit St Petersburg yesterday. Several reports are claiming that Liverpool supporters were set upon by a group of masked hooligans armed with boxing gloves among other items.

Jamie Carragher has urged supporters not to blame Brendan Rodgers for the inconsistency in the team’s performances. Liverpool were praised for their away performances in Premier League matches but have lost their last two games against West Brom and Zenit.

Liverpool have been offered renewed hope if they are interested in signing Isco from Malaga. The midfielder recently said he wants to stay at the club for several years but says he would have no choice if the club needed to sell him for financial reasons. Chelsea are the other major side thought to be interested in him.

Liverpool have been linked with a £10 million move for Sporting Lisbon striker Ricky Van Wolfswinkel this summer. The Dutch star had been tipped to move to Newcastle United last month but nothing came of the rumours which means Liverpool could be in a good position to snap him up.

Former Liverpool player Gary Gillespie has claimed Liverpool are no longer able to compete for players in the £25 - £30 million bracket. Liverpool are set up as a business to hit the break even mark each season which means they can no longer shell out big bucks on players.

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