Liverpool’s first season under Brendan Rodgers will end without a trophy in their hands. That fate was confirmed via a cruel away goal defeat to Russia’s Zenit St Petersburg in the Europa League on Thursday.
An error from Jamie Carragher on his 150th and, ultimately his last, European appearance for the Reds allowed Hulk to score Zenit’s crucial away goal and put them up 3-0 on aggregate—the Reds immediately hit back through a fierce free kick from Luis Suarez and a close range effort from Joe Allen.
A stunning free kick from Suarez made it 3-1 in the second half, but the Reds weren’t able to turn dominance into a fourth goal on the night, as they paid the price for the brief minutes of miscontrol during the 2-0 first-leg defeat in Russia a week ago.
Here are six lessons that Liverpool will have learned from tonight: