Rodgers believes Liverpool can overturn Zenit defeat

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has backed his side to turn around the two-goal defeat suffered away at Russian side Zenit St Petersburg in the Europa League on Thursday, the Daily Mirror has reported.

The Reds were beaten in the first-leg tie by goals from Hulk and Sergei Semak, who scored in the 70th and 72nd minute respectively. Liverpool had chances of their own to find the back of the net and grab a crucial away goal, but the Premier League team were wasteful in front of goal, managing only two shots on target all evening.

Rodgers however feels that despite the disappointing outcome the tale of the match means Liverpool are in with a chance when the tie comes to Anfield. “It’s not over by any means,” Rodgers said. “If we can get the next goal back then we can really put them under pressure with our fans behind us and what gives us great hope is that we created loads of chances.

We have a chance in the second leg. The next goal is hugely important, if we can get that then we can create great momentum. We know it is retrievable and we believe we still have a fighting chance.

Rodgers added that aside from the goals conceded, he felt his side’s performance was “almost perfect” for an away match in Europe. The former Swansea City manager put the goals conceded down to inexperience and insisted his players would not make the same errors in six months’ time.

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