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Brendan Rodgers rues awful start, praises captain Steven Gerrard


Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers admits fifth place is probably the best his side could achieve this season after Sunday's 1-1 draw away at Chelsea.

The Reds struggled in the offensive department throughout the season having failed to properly replace striker Luis Suarez who joined Barcelona in the summer.

They only scored 50 goals in the Premier League compared to last season's 101.

They play Crystal Palace and Stoke City in their last two games of the campaign.

"I think we got off to an awful start," Rodgers told Sky Sports.

"A disappointing goal from our perspective. We got ourselves back into the game, a good header from Stevie was well worked and I thought in the second half we were outstanding, we just lacked that bit of quality in the final third.

"It's quite simple. From where the two teams were last year it's straight forward. Chelsea took in three starters that came into their team [Fabregas, Courtois, Costa]. We are missing three in Suarez, Sturridge and young John Flanagan. They took three in, we lost three.

"The players we have had have given everything but we are fifth and that's probably where we are at at the moment.

"Steven [Gerrard] has worked brilliantly and it was more just to give him the acclaim on what will probably be the last time he played at Stamford Bridge.

"I think he's been a thorn in the side of Chelsea supporters because they know he's got star quality but I think they recognised today the end of an era, of a special player.

"I've worked with Steven Gerrard now for nearly three years. I knew from the outside he was one of the best of a generation but when you come in and work with him it's been a great privilege."

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