Liverpool & Besiktas fans ‘were outstanding’ says Rodgers [divider]
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers revealed that he thought that both sets of fans were outstanding in the Europa League Round of 32 second-leg against Beşiktaş.
The game was played in front of a Europa League record crowd of 63,324 according to the official UEFA website.
There were an estimated 4,400 Liverpool fans that made the trip to Istanbul.
“A lot of our young players got great experience this evening in a fantastic atmosphere,” Rodgers told the official Liverpool website.
“The Besiktas supporters were outstanding, as were the Liverpool supporters.
“To come so far and give us that support, we really appreciate that. But of course we’re disappointed, having put so much into the game.”
The Atatürk Olympic stadium is where Liverpool won the 2005 Champions League final against AC Milan on penalties.
The Europa League Round of 32 second-leg against Beşiktaş also went to penalties but the Black Eagles ended up winning the shoot out this time around.
Beşiktaş will face Club Brugge of Belgium in the Last 16 next. The Black Eagles have never lost against Belgium opposition in Europe.
Liverpool face a tough game against second placed Manchester City in the Premier League on the weekend.