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Outclassed- Alex Rae’s Europa League verdict on Gerrard’s Euro heroes

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Even Alex Rae had to admit it. Steven Gerrard’s side were outclassed by Bayer Leverkusen in last night’s Europa League tie.

The German side dominated throughout the match on a sub-standard pitch to virtually book their place in the draw for the quarter finals.

As their domestic season has collapsed the apologists have turned to Europe claiming that Gerrard’s side are better suited to that style of play.

Ryan Kent revealed that being underdogs suited the players while James Tavernier told the club programme that his team-mates couldn’t cope with domestic opponents putting them under pressure.

Leverkusen destroyed all of those myths with the 3-1 scoreline generous on the homeside.

The Germans dipped a little in the level of their performance midway through the second half but after losing a goal they re-established their grip on the game.

Once again Alfredo Morelos and Kent failed to deliver against competent and organised opponents. Gerrard must now decide whether to trust those two against Celtic on Sunday or go with the flow of the fans and dump his two flops onto the bench.

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