On the performance...
"We were not sharp and Liverpool were more determined. On top of that, we put them in an ideal situation with the early goal. They won because they deserved to win. They were sharper, more determined, more mobile."

On Peter Crouch...
"He made a big difference today. We could not handle him. The three goals were from three crosses. Each time he was on his own, mainly because he made the difference with his runs. He is an intelligent player and I felt we gave him too much room. We were not compact enough as a team and gave them the space to move in between our line. After that it was very difficult."

On the rest of the season...
"It is a bad result and a disappointing performance. If we think we can go like that to the end of the season it will not work. We have to pick ourselves up and come out with a different performance."

On motivation...
"I don't think it is a bad attitude from the players. They don't want it. But maybe subconsciously they think 'Ok let's just make sure we finish in the top four'. But football does not work like that, you have to give your all. We have to prepare like it is a Cup Final from now until the end of the season if we are to get the results that we want. We have a very difficult programme and we need to realise that we need full commitment to get into the top four."

On finishing in the top four...
"I feel we have to win our home games and get one or two results away. That means we have to put in a different performance from today. The players are conscious and disappointed that we did not produce what we wanted as a team, especially defensively where we had a horrendous performance today. The players are intelligent and conscientious. They know we have to produce a different performance to make sure that we finish the season well."



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