Liverpool manager Rodgers has defended the “commitment and focus”

The loss, Liverpool’s second in a row, left them seven points adrift of the Champions League qualification places.It led to reports of an acrimonious team meeting after the match.But Rodgers said: The team might be short of certain elements but in terms of commitment and focus, it’s pretty clear.He added: “We have lots of meetings here analysing performance and this one was no different.

Liverpool's Brendan Rodgers

The Liverpool manager also said he had not given up hope of finishing in the top four, despite saying on Saturday he “very much doubted” they would qualify for the Champions League.Our attitude is to go right to the end. We would have to win our seven games but it is certainly something we will go into in order to do that.