Liverpool boss, Brendan Rodgers, had only kind words for his side following their 2-0 loss at Anfield against West Bromwich Albion, insisting that their performance was commendable.

The Merseyside outfit were rocked late on by goals from Gareth McAuley and Romelu Lukaku, after skipper Steven Gerrard failed to convert from a spot kick in the final quarter.

It was only Liverpool's second league defeat in seven matches, in a period where they have registered three wins and also played out impressive away draws against Arsenal and Manchester City.

The loss pushed Brendan Rodgers’ men down to ninth spot in the table, a gaping 12 points adrift from fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, and although the defeat came as a huge blow to Liverpool’s Champions League ambitions, the Anfield chief praised the way his side conducted themselves during the game.

“The players gave everything," he told Sky Sports. "It was one of those games where we just couldn't make the breakthrough.

“The longer the game goes on the more likely it is that they nick one. I can't fault the players' efforts today - it was just one of those games where we couldn't get the first goal."

The manager was also quick to praise West Brom keeper Ben Foster, after a string of fine saves kept the home side at bay. 

"Full credit to West Brom, [Ben] Foster's made some brilliant saves. It was a good away performance from them and the longer it was 0-0, the riskier it got, he added."

Rodgers, disappointed to see the team’s recent run of form at Anfield come to an end, urged them to bounce back from the setback.

"We gave everything [on Monday] and the keeper had a fantastic match but we'll go again. I'm just disappointed that our good run, particularly at home, has come to an end," he added. 

Liverpool will now turn their focus towards Europa League, where they take on Zenit St Petersburg at the Petrovsky Stadium on Thursday.


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