Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says his side were too soft during the Champions League game at FC Basel last night.
The Reds went down 1-0 as they failed to back up the three points they secured in their opening game of the competition against Ludogorets.
The goal came from a Marco Streller effort from a set piece, which left the skipper fuming and ultimately blaming a lack of grit for defeat in Switzerland.
“We didn’t deserve anything. We were too soft all over the pitch, which is very disappointing,” said Gerrard.
“You can’t keep losing goals from set pieces – we were second best at times against an OK team, and we made it easy for them.”
Liverpool have now endured a run around that win against Ludogorets where the side has suffered inconsistency with defeats to Aston Villa, West Ham and Basel mixed in with only a point from the Merseyside derby last weekend.
The reason for that is unclear. It could be to do with injuries, it could be to do with the fact sides have worked the Reds out or it could be to do with a lack of grit and determination in the side as Gerrard suggests.
Liverpool remain in a strong position after two games, level on points with Basel who they look likely to be battling against for second place in their group behind Real Madrid.
Brendan Rodgers now has two weeks to assess things due to the international break, with Daniel Sturridge’s return likely to coincide with the return of Premier League and European action.
“We wanted a draw, I expected us to win. We were aggressive against Everton, but we are back to where we have been – we were not good enough.”
Basel are an extremely experienced side when it comes to the Champions League and the shock of a heavy opening defeat to Real Madrid was always going to cause them to shut up shop and make things difficult for the Reds.
However, it’s important to focus on the positives as Liverpool retain a great chance of making the last 16.