The Reds dropped out of the competition on Tuesday night…
Former Liverpool manager Roy Evans believes that current boss Brendan Rodgers should take the blame for the club’s Champions League exit, reports the Daily Mail.
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The Merseyside club failed to qualify from their group after drawing 1-1 with Basel in their final match of the stage. A late goal from Steven Gerrard wasn’t enough to galvanise the team to a victory that would have put them through to the knockout rounds.
Evans thinks that Brendan Rodgers got his tactics wrong in the must-win fixture. The 66-year-old believes that the Northern Irishman should have been more positive from the start of the game.
“The way we approached the game was a bit negative for me. We started the game – a game we needed to win – with a really low tempo. We didn’t put them under pressure and I’m thinking, go for them,” he told talkSPORT
“If you need to win, why not put them under pressure from the word go? We waited until we were down to ten men with 20 minutes to go and then we throw everything at them. We nearly got there but why not do it from the start? That’s the only gripe I’ve got.”
The Reds now drop in to the Europa League, where if they go through the first round they play they could possibly end up playing local rivals Everton. One incentive for them to take the smaller competition seriously is the fact that the winner gets a place in the qualification phase for next year’s Champions League.