Rodgers thanks Liverpool fans after Zenit defeat

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has praised the club’s supporters for their backing in the 3-1 win over Zenit St Petersburg on Thursday evening, the Daily Mirror has reported. Despite winning the match on the night, however, the Reds were knocked out of the Europa League by the Russian side, but Rodgers thanked the fans for their vocal support.

I am very proud of the club and players, even though we lost the tie. The club and players showed why we are part of the world’s greatest football family,” Rodgers said. “The atmosphere and what they put in to come back from a three-goal deficit and put in that effort was a phenomenal show. I thought we should had a pen, too.

The crowd and players couldn’t do more. It was a fantastic night but we probably lost the tie over there. To have to score that many goals and nearly do it gives me so much pride,” the manager added.

Zenit led the match 2-0 from the first meeting between the sides, and added an away goal to their advantage in the first-half when a Jamie Carragher error allowed Hulk to score. But Liverpool responded with three goals – two of which came from Luis Suarez free-kicks, Joe Allen getting the other goal – to win the match on the night, but fell short of the four goals needed to take the tie as a whole.

Rodgers also felt that Liverpool should have been awarded a penalty in the second-half for a handball by Zenit defender Tomas Hubocan.

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