London - Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said his side
would reflect on their season with pride despite seeing their title bid
seriously compromised in a remarkable 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace.
Liverpool led 3-0 with 11 minutes remaining in Monday's
Premier League game at Selhurst Park, only for Palace to score three times in
the closing stages to leave the visitors' title challenge on the rocks.
Manchester City now require only four points from their last
two games to effectively claim the championship and Rodgers conceded
afterwards: "I think Manchester City will go on and win it."
Liverpool's players were a picture of distress at the final
whistle, with Luis Suarez covering his face with his shirt to hide his sobs and
captain Steven Gerrard ushering away approaching television cameras.
Rodgers said that his side's defending had been
"criminal" and described the game's final moments as
But while he admitted that the disappointment of letting
victory slip in such calamitous fashion was difficult to stomach, he said that
Liverpool should not lose sight of the progress that they have made.
Asked if he was proud of his team, who had finished a
distant seventh last season, Rodgers said: "Incredibly.
"It's 99 goals we're on, this season. The season before
I came in (in June 2012), the team had finished on 47. For us to keep improving
like we have been gives me immense pride.
"When we've got time to reflect on this at the end of
the season, we will see it has been an outstanding season for Liverpool.
"It does not take away the pain of now, but we will
look where we need to improve and continue to get better.
"We have made great strides, but I am certainly here to
fight and win titles and I will be relentless in that."
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