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Tuesday 06 May 2014

We can still be proud says disappointed Rodgers

Liverpool manager admits title hopes hit after Crystal Palace fight back to draw

Dwight Gayle scores the goal that hit Liverpool's hopes of the Barclays Premier League title

Brendan Rodgers has declared that Manchester City should win the Barclays Premier League title after his Liverpool side threw away a 3-0 lead at Crystal Palace with 12 minutes remaining to be held 3-3.

Liverpool had been in complete control after goals from Joe Allen, Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez put them 3-0 up after 55 minutes. But Damien Delaney pulled one back in the 78th minute before Dwight Gayle's double earned Palace an unlikely share of the spoils to leave Liverpool one point clear of City, who have a match in hand tomorrow before the final weekend of the season. 

“For me, we needed to win to keep the pressure on,” Rodgers said. "Obviously it was still in the hands of Manchester City so us winning would have given them a little bit of pressure.

"When we sit down at the end, we will see it has been an outstanding season"
Brendan Rodgers

"Everyone will look at Manchester City's squad and look at them as the team that will go on and win it."

Rodgers tried to put a positive spin on Liverpool's season, pointing out that his side have still enjoyed a fine campaign, having finished seventh last season, yet could not hide his disappointment.

"We went top [after the draw at Palace] with a game to go in the season and we are sitting here devastated having finished seventh last season," he said. "Last season we needed to get better and we've got better. We are on 99 goals and for us to keep improving like we have been gives me immense pride.

"When we sit down at the end of the season, we will reflect on it and see that this has been an outstanding season. But that doesn't take away the pain now because we have drawn a game we should have won."

Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis, said his side’s late comeback was symptomatic of the 2013/14 Barclays Premier League season and predicted more twists before the campaign ends on Sunday.

"That's, you know, football; it's been the Premier League this year," he said. "Don't write off Liverpool yet, that's the way the season's been."

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