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Liverpool FC manager claims Chelsea “parked two buses” at Anfield

"Anyone can ask a team to just sit back and defend on the edge of the box."

Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers left frustrated by the Reds’ inability to break down a Blues side who came away with a 2-0 victory

Liverpool’s Premier League title hopes were dealt a blow this weekend as Chelsea beat the Reds 2-0, while Manchester City also closed the gap on their Merseyside rivals when beating Crystal Palace 2-0.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side will win the title if they win their remaining three matches and Brendan Rodgers was left frustrated by Chelsea’s spoiling tactics which relied on counter-attacking football to claim three points.

Rodgers told Sky Sports News: “Congratulations to Chelsea, they won the game, we just couldn’t find the breakthrough.

“They obviously sat very deep. I think there were two buses parked today, never mind one.

“It was like a back six with three midfield players in front of that. That’s 10, with the goalkeeper, for 90 minutes consistently behind the ball.

“Unless you get that early goal, it doesn’t entice them to come out. It was clear that they’d come certainly not wanting to win the game, with the time-wasting and whatnot.

“We were disappointed with the goal, it’s just one of those things. There’s no blame for Stevie. I said to him he’s been a wonderful player for this club and he’s a massive part of why we are where we are.”

“The players gave everything and we couldn’t quite get that wee bit of luck.”

Rodgers refused to heap praise on his opposite number and claimed there was little merit in “parking the bus” for ninety minutes.

He said: “I don’t think it’s a tactic. Anyone can ask a team to just sit back and defend on the edge of the box.

“It’s the nature of how Chelsea play. They’ve got some wonderful players but they play a defensive game and hope to hit you on the counter-attack or with a mistake.

“We were disappointed with the goal, it’s just one of those things. There’s no blame for Stevie. I said to him he’s been a wonderful player for this club and he’s a massive part of why we are where we are.”