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Brendan Rodgers concedes Premier League title after Liverpool’s capitulation

May 5, 2014, 6:08 PM EDT


LONDON — Sat in the press lounge at Selhurst Park slumped forward and a scowl on his face, Brendan Rodgers looked like a man who had just had his hopes and dreams ripped from within his grasp.

In the aftermath of his side’s damaging draw, Liverpool’s Northern Irish manager knew his side had blown the Premier League title with their late collapse in South London.

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Rodgers looked on in disbelief in the final 10 minutes of Liverpool’s 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace on Monday as his team were 3-0 up in the 79th minute but somehow capitulated and threw away their commanding lead to tie.

Liverpool has now conceded 49 goals in 37 games, despite scoring 99, and that is what has ultimately cost them the title. According to Rodgers, Manchester City are now the Champions of England.

“It is 99 goals we have scored, which is a phenomenal achievement by the team – but you have to defend,” Rodgers said. “It is no good scoring all those goals if you defend as we did tonight. There is no doubt. Manchester City will go on and win it. We needed to win to keep the pressure on going into the last game and we did not do that. You have to have that maturity to see it through and we did not do that. It was bitterly disappointing and I would expect Manchester City to go on and win their two home games.”

WATCH: The moments after final whistle between Liverpool and Palace

Despite conceding the title in utter devastation, Rodgers was quick to point out how far Liverpool has come in the last 12 months. Last season they finished in seventh and now with one game to go in their PL campaign they are top of the table. However the kicker is that Man City has two home games left against Aston Villa and West Ham which they should win and then be crowned PL champions.

For the time being Liverpool are top and Rodgers is desperate to try and keep the clubs feel-good mentality going, even in the darkest of hours in which they now find themselves in.

“We go top tonight as well, with 81 points with a week to go in the season and we are sat here devastated,” Rodgers said. “We finished seventh last season. We are ahead of schedule. We have made great strides but I am certainly here to fight and win titles and I will be relentless in that “We are trying to build something sustainable. This season has shown we will be capable of doing that. Next year I believe we will make more strides forward and hopefully be up there challenging again.”

Rodgers, it seems, has finally given up on delivering Liverpool’s first league title in 24 years.

  1. pcprit - May 5, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    What an epic collapse after an amazing season! I really thought they could pull it off, but with Gerard’s gaffe against Chelsea and the joke of a last 10 minutes against a lesser side it was not to be!

  2. mknow406a - May 5, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    Rodgers was really in a “no win” situation. Not only did his team need the points, they also needed goals. If he had ‘parked the bus’ and road out a 3-0 win, what would have been the reaction if they lost the title on goal difference by 1 or 2 goals? All heck would have broken loose because he had Palace beat, could have won 5-0 or 6-0, but instead chose to take his foot of the gas… The fact of the matter is, Liverpool had more than enough experience (eg – Gerrard was in the Euro match vs. AC Milan) in the line-up to NOT have such an epic collapse even though Rodgers told them to push for more goals they’d ultimately need for the title…

    • siriusp2 - May 6, 2014 at 11:58 AM

      The goal differential argument is completely nonsensical. Going into yesterday’s game, Liverpool should have known they had zero chance to win the title given a tie at the top of the table with City, even up 3-0 in the 55th minute. If Liverpool had won 6-0 yesterday, they would have needed to win their final game on Sunday by at least 4 goals to even stand a chance to beat City in a tie. That’s asking way too much from any team. After conceding that first goal, they should have just hunkered down. They didn’t, and it probably cost them the title.

      • mknow406a - May 6, 2014 at 10:43 PM

        You contradict yourself. “If Liverpool had won 6-0 yesterday, they would have needed to win their final game on Sunday by at least 4 goals to even stand a chance to beat City in a tie.” is followed by “After conceding that first goal, they should have just hunkered down. They didn’t, and it probably cost them the title.” Either they had a chance at the title, and hence should have ‘hunkered down,’ or they need to assume no matter WHAT the outcome of the Palace match they could not catch Man City. Pick a side. You can’t have it both ways. Either they needed goals to win the title, or they weren’t going to win regardless… at which point, there was nothing lost by doubling down and going for goals. You can’t play/manage hoping the other team screws up against two bottom half teams at home. You HAVE to assume they’ll win those matches and play accordingly. L’pool loses, they finish in second. L’pool wins, but doesn’t score more goals, they finish second. How did it cost them?

    • mknow406a - May 7, 2014 at 9:43 PM

      @surusp2. Two things. 1) Liverpool is not Chelsea. This team was not built to park the bus. They were assembled to attack. Rodgers gets this, you apparently don’t. 2) You can’t bank on Man City being held by two bottom half teams. Hence, you need to win on goal differential. Liverpool has the TWO TOP EPL scorers! Play to your strengths! There is NO difference if you come in second because you have fewer points or if you had a lower goal differential… second place is STILL first loser. Rodgers has a multi-million dollar roster built to score and you suggest he sits back and HOPES that a bottom half team can pull off an upset at the Elihad? It’s better to attempt to be the controller of your own destiny than to sit back and hope that a non-fair play roster implodes. Man City wins out, what has Liverpool lost? They still would have been 2nd without goals.

  3. 1rudecrudedude - May 5, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    the crucial point was the sub.. when they brought on moses… they should have clamped down with a D sub… and also had suarez do a famous “im injured” dive to slow it down.. palace had WAY too much momentum. take a note from mourinho tactics next take it to the next level..

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