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Liverpool boss Rodgers: Lovren was up for spotkick

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says Dejan Lovren was comfortable taking his penalty in their shootout defeat to Europa League opponents Besiktas.

Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Emre Can and Joe Allen all dispatched well-executed penalties beyond Gonen in the shootout, but the home side were flawless in their finishing.

All five of the Turkish outfit's takers hit the back of the net to pile pressure on the Reds' final man from the spot, Lovren, who shot over the goal from 12 yards.

"[Dejan] was happy [to take a penalty]," said Rodgers. "All the five penalty takers who opted to and wanted to take a penalty were all confident.

"You saw the four before Dejan were very good penalty takers, who have had experience already in the cup competition this year.

"We were happy with the penalty takers and Dejan was confident. We're obviously disappointed for him, because I felt in the game he played very well."

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