Michael Owen comments on Liverpool's Champions League exit

Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen believes Liverpool's exit was justified.

Liverpool crashed out of the Champions League in disappointing fashion, with a 1-1 home draw to Basel.

With only one win from six games, can it really be argued they got anything less than what they deserved?

One former Anfield hero in Michael Owen believes they can't argue with their exit.

He wrote on his SportLobster page: "Disappointing end to the campaign for Liverpool but I suppose with a total of 5 points from that Group doesn't justify qualification. Europa League beckons."

It's not just disappointing however, it's potentially devastating. A miserable few months beckons in the Europa League which can derail the club's push for a top four place - which is already flagging.

Liverpool sit in ninth and face Manchester United at the weekend, a match they will have to pick themselves up for.

Brendan Rodgers' side were clear favourites to progress along with Real Madrid, and have blown a serious chance to move forward. Now they are back to square one when he arrived.

Basel themselves are fortunate in some ways to progress with seven points. Two seasons ago Chelsea were eliminated with 10 - yet the weakness of the group's second place side, who really were there for the taking last night, emphasises how they really missed a golden opportunity.

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