The realisation will be sinking in this morning for Liverpool over having to play in the Europa League for the rest of the season.
The Reds couldn’t do enough to edge ahead of FC Basel in the Champions League, which has left captain Steven Gerrard quite open, honest and admitting that the side haven’t been good enough.
One player who struggled last night was striker Rickie Lambert.
It was the perfect occasion for him at his home club to power the side through and make himself a Kop legend but he wasn’t able to pull it off, with manager Brendan Rodgers pulling him off at half-time.
It was a frustrating performance for the forward as he struggled to get involved in the game, struggling to hold the ball up and to just generally get a touch in possession.
His struggles were defined by a single stat which shows that goalkeeper Simon Mingolet had more touches in possession during the first 45 minutes than the forward.
Rodgers will definitely be expecting better from his striker if he’s selected to play against Manchester United this weekend.
17 - Simon Mignolet (22) had more touches in the first half than Rickie Lambert (17). Periphery.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 9, 2014