Liverpool nowhere near last year’s level - Rodgers

The Reds boss admitted he has been frustrated by his side's slow start to the season but is hopeful they will improve when key players return from injury
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says his side are nowhere near last year’s level after slipping to a 1-0 Champions League defeat to Basel.

The Reds finished runners-up in the Premier League last season, just two points behind eventual champions Manchester City, but have already lost three of their opening six Premier League games.

Having sold Luis Suarez to Barcelona and with Daniel Sturridge currently out injured the Reds have struggled in front of goal and Rodgers has urged his side to improve.

"I don't think we're anywhere near technically where we were at last year,” he told reporters. “I'm hoping with the return of the players coming back from injury that we will become better.
"It's important that we get back to playing as a team. We need to ensure we get back to that. It's frustrating at times."

Defeat to Basel leaves Liverpool third in Group B with two fixtures against holders Real Madrid to come and Rodgers is expecting the group to go right to the wire.

"It's still very close. It was always going to be a group that would go right to the end for that second position,” he added.

"It was a game where we never got going in the first 25 minutes. We gave it away too easily.

“We grew into the game then, and settled in the second half, but we concede a soft goal like that. Then its difficult. This club has great record against British teams."

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