Brendan Rodgers, Alan Pardew salute Steven Gerrard after Anfield finale

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LIVERPOOL — On a day that was about one man, at times it was hard to remember that there was a game taking place.

Liverpool lost 3-1 to Crystal Palace on Saturday with the Eagles continuing their superb second half of the season since Alan Pardew took charge of the south London club.

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On Saturday the pace and trickery of Yannick Bolasie, Marouane Chamakh and Jason Puncheon caused Liverpool countless problems as the Merseyside club fluffed their lines with the aim to send captain Steven Gerrard off with a win in his Anfield finale.

Brendan Rodgers spoke glowingly about Gerrard’s sendoff as the skipper was given a marvelous send off from the home fans.

“He got a wonderful send off. He gave everything right to the very end. He was the one that was driving forward in the game that was trying to get us goals in the game,” Rodgers said. “The support he got was absolutely brilliant and probably what you would expect having been a wonderful player here and given his all for the club. It terms of that it was fantastic for him and his family and a special day for him.”

[ VIDEO: Gerrard says goodbye to Anfield ]

Rodgers then touched on Liverpool’s disappointing display as they let their early momentum go after Adam Lallana’s superb finish put them 1-0 up. Silly defensive mistakes costs the Reds dear and Rodgers wasn’t particularly pleased with Liverpool’s second half performance.

“In terms of the result and the performance. It was disappointing,” Rodgers said. “I thought we started reasonably well. We scored a fantastic goal through Adam [Lallana] but we made poor defensive errors today across the field and that punished us at the end of the first half and in the second half. We didn’t defend well enough and their attacking players caused us problems and we didn’t cope with that. Overall, the second half was a disappointing performance.”

As for Pardew, his side continue their stunning form as the Eagles can still make the top 10 if they win their final game of the season against Swansea City. Palace played the role of party poopers magnificently as they hit Liverpool on the counter and were deserved 3-1 winners. Pardew was pleased with the victory and also honored to be involved in Gerrard’s finale game at Anfield.

“It was an honor to be here today,” Pardew revealed. “The start of the game was special and the end of the game was even more special I thought. I don’t think many stadiums getting beat 3-1 would have carried that end for Steven Gerrard. It was a lovely moment.”

Pardew then paused and instead of summing up what Gerrard means for Liverpool, Palace’s manager focused on Gerrard’s influence for the English national team.

“It is very difficult to put into words what he has done for Liverpool because I can’t talk about it. I can only speak really as a fan of football and a lover of football for what he has done for England,” Pardew explained. “Everybody knows what he has done here. For me he has carried the nation at times. The way he carries himself in the media and as a person. Speaking to Brendan [Rodgers] privately, that isn’t a facade. That is what he carries through his life. We should all be honored as Englishmen to have someone who has conducted himself in that manner in this game.”

Chelsea needs to wait “48 hours” to assess Mount

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Mason Mount‘s move from the Championship to the Premier League has been nearly seamless.

His adjustment to the Champions League was cut down too quickly to get an understanding of whether it would be too big of a jump.

[ MORE: Match recap | Barkley drama ]

Mount, 20, was chopped down by Valencia’s Francis Coquelin, the former Arsenal man, and had to leave the game after just 16 minutes.

Here’s Frank Lampard, from ChelseaFC.com:

“He’s got an ankle injury but we don’t know how bad it is. We’ll have to assess it in the next 48 hours to see the scale of the injury. It was a shame because he started the game well and it meant we had to make the change early on.”

Mount scored nine times with four assists on loan under Lampard at Derby County last season, and has already chipped in three goals for Chelsea this season.

Lampard turned to Pedro off the bench on Tuesday, but any lengthy absence for Mount will spell more time for American youngster Christian Pulisic.

UEFA Champions League Wednesday preview: Man City, Spurs debut

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Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur begin their UEFA Champions League campaigns on very different results and with very different vibes.

City is coming off a stunning 3-2 loss to injury-hit Norwich City, and is set up in Ukraine to face Shakhtar Donetsk for the third-straight season, a side which beat Pep Guardiola once in four tries between 2017/18 and 2018/19 in the UCL.

[ MORE: UCL Tues. wrap ]

But on Wednesday, Guardiola’s men are going to carry a similar feel to one of his old Barcelona teams, as Pep seemingly will have Fernandinho pull a Javier Mascherano and drop into the back line.

Yes, Fernandinho and Nicolas Otamendi are Manchester City’s hopes at center back, now that John Stones has joined Aymeric Laporte on the shelf.

“For me as a manager it’s an incredible challenge,” said Pep Guardiola. “But I believe a lot, people don’t know the spirit and resolve to solve this problem. The players going to come back with Dinho, Eric Garcia, Taylor Harwood-Bellis. … It’s happened, but what we are not going to do is complain. We have to have 11 players on the pitch and I like it, to find a solution. For the players as well to find an incredible step forward.”

Spurs, meanwhile, will simply be trying to build on any momentum gained by a 4-0 demolition of Crystal Palace at the weekend, a win which came after manager Mauricio Pochettino begged his side to “re-focus” after a relatively poor start to the season.

Now a bit more relaxed, Spurs head to Greece as the clear favorites against stingy Olympiacos. These are, after all, the finalists of last season’s tournament.

Pochettino won’t be sleeping on the challenge, from The London Evening Standard:

“They have good players and if we are not focused and don’t take our best game we are going to suffer. But last season we played in the final of Champions League, so it’s normal people think before the game, Tottenham is one step above Olympiacos but in the end you need to show it on the pitch.”

Spurs are one of two early kickoffs on Tuesday.

Full UCL Wednesday schedule

12:55 p.m. ET
Club Brugge v. Galatasaray
Olympiacos v. Tottenham Hotspur

3 p.m. ET
Bayer Leverkusen v. Lokomotiv Moscow
Paris Saint-Germain v. Real Madrid
Atletico Madrid v. Juventus
Dinamo Zagreb v. Atalanta
Bayern Munich v. Red Star Belgrade
Shakhtar Donetsk v. Manchester City

American coach Marsch speaks after landmark Champions League day

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Jesse Marsch made his UEFA Champions League debut on Tuesday, a historic first for not just the Wisconsin native but also his country.

Marsch, 45, oversaw Red Bull Salzburg’s 6-2 demolition of Genk, becoming the first American to win a UCL match as manager.

[ MORE: Champions League Tues. wrap ]

“We knew we were going into the match full of confidence,” he said, via the Salzburg site. “We knew too that we could put in a performance of this quality. I wasn’t pleased with a few situations, such as conceding for 3-1. That shows our incredible mentality though as it prompted us to give a few more percent and immediately score two goals.”

The ex-New York Red Bulls manager and RB Leipzig assistant manager got another three goals from incredible 19-year-old striker Erling Braut Haland, who nows has 17 goals in nine matches this season.

“It is an absolute joy to work with this team. We have a lot of players who just know how to battle, and that rubs off on the others. You can see that on the pitch on nights like tonight.”

There will be tougher nights ahead for Marsch, who is in a group with Liverpool and Napoli, but Tuesday was a fine start for the tactician. And it was a banner moment for American coaches abroad, who’ve been led by past and present USMNT coaches Bob Bradley and Gregg Berhalter.

Maybe one day that’ll be Marsch’s title… but it seems like he may have some loftier ground to cover on his path through world soccer.

Klopp: Liverpool made wrong decisions; Penalty also incorrect

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is going to bat for his left back after Andrew Robertson gave away what became the decisive penalty in a 2-0 loss to Napoli in UEFA Champions League action on Tuesday.

“I don’t think it’s a penalty,” Klopp said. “What can I say, for me, it is clear and obvious no penalty. He jumps before any contact, we can’t change that.”

[ RECAP: Napoli 2-0 Liverpool ]

For what it’s worth: It sure seemed like both a foul on Robertson and a comical embellishment from Callejon, but we digress.

Liverpool just didn’t have it on the day, like when Sadio Mane played a terrible pass to Mohamed Salah on what could’ve been an easy 1-0 lead.

In the moments they did have it, there was Napoli goalkeeper Alex Meret making a splendid save.

“We played a lot of good football but didn’t finish it off. We controlled moments but had not enough chances in the end. We made decisions that were not right and have to accept the result. It was very often the final ball that was not right.”

Also, forgive Klopp if he has stopped enjoying the beautiful country of Italy.