Five of Brendan Rodgers' worst European games

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers looks dejected after the loss to Manchester United

Brendan Rodgers has overseen some wretched displays in Europe, but which was the worst?

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers before the match

Two years ago, Brendan Rodgers was being touted as one of the brightest young managers in Europe following a sensational season at Liverpool where he nearly lifted the Premier League.

Using an attacking philosophy inspired by his time spent studying the works of Barcelona amongst others, he was hailed as a revolutionary and one to guide the Reds back to glory.

Since then, however, he has endured European misery with the Anfield giants, been sacked and is now attempting to rebuild his career at Celtic.

While he had Europa League experience, the Northern Irishman’s stock plummeted following a disastrous 2014-15 campaign in the Champions League and the Reds fared not much better domestically.

He has already overseen some wretched performances from Celtic during his four months in Glasgow, none more so than last night’s seven-goal concession in the Nou Camp.

Whether he can repair his reputation at Celtic Park is anybody’s guess, but take a look at five of the worst European performances under Rodgers.

12th July 2016 - Lincoln Red Imps 1-0 Celtic

Brendan Rodgers endured a nightmare start to his Celtic tenure as he oversaw one of the most embarrassing results in the club’s history.

In the first leg of a Champions League qualifier, Gibraltan part-timers Lincoln Red Imps recorded the greatest win in their 40-year existence, as policeman Lee Casciaro fired home the winner three minutes after half-time.

Leigh Griffiths twice struck the crossbar, but the Hoops were unable to force a leveller and were forced to face the ignominy of defeat to the part-timers. The second leg would prove to be a rescue mission, however, with Rodgers’ men winning 3-0 at Celtic Park.

Celtic's Leigh Griffiths in action

23rd August 2016 - Hapoel Beer Sheva 2-0 Celtic

The telltale signs were there for Brendan Rodgers that Celtic might end up on the end of a sorry scoreline should they face a side like Barcelona, judging by their recent European away days under his tutelage.

Their qualification to the tournament was less than assured as they somehow scraped through their play-off tie with Israeli side Hapoel Beer Sheva, despite being thoroughly outplayed in the second leg.

Boasting a 5-2 lead from the first leg, Celtic looked all at sea as they emerged in Israel, conceding an early penalty which Craig Gordon was forced to save.

The hosts weren’t to be denied however, with Ben Sahar netting on 21 minutes. Ovidiu Haban bagged a second just after half-time following a bizarre mix-up between Gordon and Saidy Janko.

Football Soccer - Hapoel Be'er Sheva v Celtic - UEFA Champions League Playoff Second Leg - Turner Stadium, Beersheba, Israel

26th November 2014 - Ludogorets Razgrad 2-2 Liverpool

Liverpool were denied a first European win in five games as Bulgarian champions Ludogorets snatched a late draw to leave Brendan Rodgers frustrated once again.

It was a sloppy performance, with Dani Abalo giving the hosts an early lead before Rickie Lambert got the Reds back on level terms with a header on eight minutes.

Jordan Henderson turned home a second goal for Liverpool, and Rodgers’ men looked to be seeing out a much-needed win only for Georgi Terziev to head home an 88th minute leveller.

Despite the performance, and poor result, Liverpool would still qualify from the group if they beat Basel at Anfield the following month. They didn’t.

Liverpool's Rickie Lambert celebrates scoring in the penalty shoot out

22nd October 2014 - Liverpool 0-3 Real Madrid

Real Madrid dispatched Liverpool with three first-half goals in an embarrassingly one-sided encounter at Anfield.

Cristiano Ronaldo pounced after 23 minutes, notching his 70th Champions League goal, before Karim Benzema’s double put the game to bed before half-time.

Mario Balotelli drew the ire of the home support when he was seen swapping shirts with Pepe at the interval, symbolising the seemingly laissez-faire attitude the Reds had shown to this tie.

The result left Liverpool with just three points from their opening three games, and progression from the group looking increasingly remote.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo (C) in action with Liverpool's Javier Manquillo (L) and Lucas Leiva

1st October 2014 - Basel 1-0 Liverpool

Liverpool’s stuttering start to the 2014-15 season continued as they slumped to a 1-0 defeat in Basel. Marco Streller’s second-half strike proved to be the deciding factor, capitalising on some loose defending to give the Swiss side all three points.

Liverpool were wasteful in possession all evening, and posed little threat with Raheem Sterling, Philippe Coutinho and Mario Balotelli failing to get a foothold in the game.

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