LIVERPOOL paid the price for not being disciplined enough against Young Boys at Anfield on Thursday night.
When you are winning 2-1 with a just a few minutes to go, you have to close the game out. You have to keep the ball and play the game in the opponent’s half.
But Liverpool were far too open and allowed the Swiss to break forward and get that late equaliser.
We were slow to react and the defending was poor. It was a costly slip as victory would have secured our place in the last 32 of the Europa League.
Brendan Rodgers would have been able to treat the final game against Udinese as just a training exercise and give the kids a game.
But that late goal means Liverpool will have to take all their best players to Italy as it’s a game we now need to win.
Udinese may already be out but it won’t be easy on their home patch.
Hopefully the referee will be better than the one who took charge when I played over there for Liverpool against Inter Milan back in 1965. We went there for the European Cup semi-final second leg with a 3-1 lead but we were robbed that night. Inter won 3-0 thanks to two hugely debatable goals, while we had a perfectly good one disallowed. I was so angry at the end that I chased after the ref and kicked him! The fact he didn’t even complain about it convinced me that he had taken a bribe.
I think Rodgers missed a trick on Thursday. Rather than bringing Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez off the bench, he should have started with them. We should have got the game won and then taken them off.
It’s back to league action for the Reds on Sunday and Rodgers will be desperate to get a win over his former club Swansea City.
He should get a decent reception after what he achieved there but all I’m interested in is three points. We did well against Wigan last weekend and we need to keep that momentum going.