Football - Rodgers keen to move on from Europa League exit

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists his side's season is not over following their Europa League exit.

PA Sport

The Reds were edged out on away goals by Zenit St Petersburg despite a stirring comeback after falling 3-0 behind on aggregate early in the second leg of their last-32 tie at Anfield.

Rodgers had hoped to oversee another celebrated European comeback but, despite two fine free-kicks from Luis Suarez sandwiched in-between Joe Allen's effort, had to settle for glorious failure.

Despite the result eliminating the club's last hope of silverware this season and leaving them fighting to finish higher than their current Barclays Premier League position of seventh, Rodgers is not downbeat.

Rodgers said: "Our season doesn't finish, and never was going to finish, until the final whistle against QPR.

"This is a group that is growing all the time. You see the level of performance last night, to dominate a team of that ilk and control the game like we did was incredible really.

"For us, going forward, it is to continue with how we have been working since the turn of the year. As the season has gone on we have got better and improved.

"We want to carry that through right until the last whistle at the end of the season.

"You can see the players have the hunger and determination to do that. We will look to demonstrate that in the last 11 games."

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