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Liverpool media round-up, Rodgers bemoans mentality but defends Gerrard

A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Liverpool Football Club this Monday morning.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admitted his side was second best as they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Aston Villa in yesterday's semi-final at Wembley Stadium.

The Reds took the lead through Philippe Coutinho but it was soon cancelled out by Christian Benteke, with Fabian Delph getting the winner just after half-time.

Rodgers has callled for the side to improve their big game mentality, having come up short on the big occasion once again, but he feels his side will learn from it.

He's quoted in the Daily Mail, saying: "We’ve come up short in a few games, that’s something we’d certainly need to improve. But I think all these experiences will make them better.

"We’re a team that’s grown and changed quite a bit in the summer.

"We’re obviously bitterly disappointed, more with the performance. I thought we were second best, to be honest. We had some chances but Aston Villa were better than us."

One particular comment from Rodgers that will raise a few eyebrows is his assessment of Steven Gerrard's display.

Gerrard was recalled to the starting line-up after serving a three-match suspension with Lucas Leiva missing out, but the Reds' boss seemed to be pleased with the contribution made by the outgoing captain.

Sky Sports quote him, saying: "Is it a shame? Absolutely. I think he was doing everything he possibly could today to help the team.

"I thought he was excellent, collectively we did not perform well enough."

Liverpool will now turn their attentions to trying to finish the Premier League season strongly with six games remaining as they try and mount a late charge for the Champions League places.

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