Brendan Rodgers: Aston Villa were better than Liverpool

Brendan Rogers Press Conference Smiling - 16/02/2014

The Villans were 2-1 winners in the FA Cup semi-final, and Liverpool's boss has conceded his men were simply outplayed.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers conceded to BT Sport that Aston Villa were worthy winners of today's FA Cup semi-final.

A goal from Philippe Coutinho had given the Reds the lead before an equaliser from Christian Benteke and a goal from Fabian Delph sealed progression to the final on May 30.

Liverpool were arguably not at their best throughout the game, although captain Steven Gerrard did have a header cleared off the line and Mario Balotelli had a goal controversially ruled offside despite replays showing he was actually perfectly onside.

Nonetheless, Rodgers conceded that Sherwood’s team were simply the better side.

“I thought Aston Villa were better than us today, that’s the overall feeling from the game,” he said.

“We were very disappointing. We’re a team built on playing, passing and playing quickly but we were very disappointing in that aspect and I thought they were much better than us.”

The Reds' manager was also disappointed that his side were once again not at their best in a big game.

The FA Cup semi-final loss was the second defeat in a semi-final this season, having also lost at the semi-final stage of the Capital One Cup to Chelsea earlier in the season, with Mourinho’s side going on to win the competition.

In fact, a criticism often levelled at Rodgers’ current side is that they don’t have the right mentality to win the big games, and although the manager didn’t say as much, he certainly felt the situation may have gotten to his players.

“It was another big game where we didn’t show the courage to show more football and want to get the ball,” he added.

“I just think when you want to win something so much it can weigh on you.”

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