Liverpool’s 0-2 defeat of Zenit St Petersburg in the first leg of the Europa League round of 32, Thursday, February 14, 2013 (Friday morning GMT) is surprising. Because the Reds appear to dominate until midway through the second.
the following five mistakes that made Liverpool their chance to qualify for the last 16 of the more severe:
1. Weak midfield
Brendan Rodgers chose to rest and put Joe Allen Lucas, Jordan Henderson and captain Steven Gerrard. The result of their midfield overwhelmed offset Zenit game absence midfielder.
2. Rely on Luis Suarez
The only Liverpool player who played very well for 90 minutes is Luis Suarez. He almost put Liverpool ahead lebh first when his shot is not wide. But practically as long as the course of action that no other player threatened Zenit goalkeeper than Suarez, Glen Johnson and Stewart Downing.
3. Joe Allen performed poorly
Allen is expected to fill the position of Lucas. But she failed to carry out his duties. Several times the former Swansea City player could intruded opponent. Since joining this summer is not as good as the performance of Allen when he was at Swansea.
4. Factors Brendan Rodgers
One of the mistakes made by Rodgers is that he did not rush to replace players when standing still 0-0. Though obviously seen some players fatigue. He had to change players when the team was behind 0-2. That was only one player, namely Lucas replaces Raheem Sterling.
5. factor Hulk
The Liverpool defender can not guard Hulk perfectly. In fact he was one of the key players Zenit. The results in 69 minutes he could kick off beautiful from outside the box that failed dammed Pepe Reina.