Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers confident of Europa win
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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says his team can overturn a 2-0 deficit when they meet Zenit St Petersburg in the second leg of their Europa League last-32 tie.
Zenit defeated the Reds in the first leg on Thursday thanks to two goals in two second-half minutes.
"There is no way the tie is over - we are more than capable of getting the goals back," said Rodgers.
"What gives us hope is that we created enough to win the game."
Liverpool's Luis Suarez was guilty of squandering several chances; missing from five yards and failing to hit the target despite being clean through in the first half. He also shot wide on two other occasions.
"He could have had a hat-trick by half-time," added the 39-year-old manager. "It wasn't his night but he's been brilliant for us all season."
Zenit coach Luciano Spalletti echoed Rodgers's sentiments, warning his team that Liverpool's fans were capable of inspiring their side to victory.
"During the first half we had a number of opportunities - as well as our opponents - and in the second half we managed to convert those opportunities into goals," he said.
"The tie is far from over. We're going to Anfield. It's the place where the hosts' fans become monsters, the players become really up for the fight."
Meanwhile, Rodgers thanked Zenit fans for creating a "wonderful atmosphere" inside the stadium.
Liverpool had written to European football's governing body Uefa and the Russian club "expressing their concerns" over the potential threat of racist abuse.
In December, a Zenit fans' group called for non-white and gay players to be excluded from the team.
Rodgers said: "I can only thank the club for how we've been received.
"I read and heard a lot about Zenit St Petersburg as a club, city and people before we got here.
"There were no problems at the game, it was a wonderful atmosphere and we want to thank the people of Zenit and Russia."
Kenny would not have done any better, on the contrary - he would have just wasted more money with less results. The mistake was using your heart instead of your head in hiring him in the 1st place.
Give managers time!
And as for Swansea being better. They are below us.
Er no they are a point ahead of Liverpool in the league...
Seeing as the MOTD team's mostly LFC fans, why isn't it always "presented from Anfield"?
As is said in Liverpool - Fact.
Is big draws a reference to the Sneaky Russian
they drew with a very below par champions, playing them at the best time they could have
saints destroyed them and took 3 points - does that make the top 4 contenders?
It's because McNulty is an unashamed Liverpool fan and he runs the BBC Football dept with an iron fist. No other teams matter, and Liverpool should be winning silverware every season without fail. The man's bias, and talent for writing utter drivel, knows quite literally no bounds.
I was talking broad picture for example. Man City are investing massively and will be at top for a while. United keep re investing and see to be going nowhere. Chelsea are always spending and other than Torres usually well. And arsenal look the strongest going into the era of the FFP rules
Just wondering where l'pool fitted in. No harm meant
So what does that tell you? That even when you play well you don't win?
That's a bit worrying if you ask me.
Why wouldn't you use capital letters when LFC is an acronym of Liverpool Football Club?
Have you heard of 'basic grammar' or 'school' before?
Oh I see; you're trying to be clever by attempting to 'belittle' LFC?
Pathetic and pathetic some more.
"These things count massive and can be leveraged to make LFC a successful club again" - I agree that they 'Can' be used but until they 'are' used and l'pool become successful then they are not massive.
@201. derwaldmann2 - I am not desperate for them not to be massive - I am desperate for them not to be considered Massive unless they currently are massive. Which they are not.
When he first came on the scene he was all action forward and back. He looked very dangerous when dribbling at opponents and was breaking through regularly.
The last two months he's barely made an attempt per game to dribble past someone and suddenly looks very average.I hope his greatest asset (dribbling) is not being driven out of him - seems the English way!