Kop boss Brendan Rodgers was happy with his side’s Merseyside Derby performance despite conceding a late equaliser…
Liverpool put in by far their best Anfield performance of the season yesterday but were cruelly denied a deserved three points by neighbours Everton at the death.
The hosts dominated the game from start to finish but were ultimately made to pay for failing to convert a number of chances when a stunning Phil Jagielka strike cancelled out Steven Gerrard‘s 65th minute free-kick in stoppage time.
The Reds were also denied at least one clear-cut penalty during the contest and manager Brendan Rodgers certainly believes his side were hard done by in terms of the result.
“We didn’t get what we deserved,” commented the Northern Irishman at his post-match press conference. “It was very clear that we were much the better side today.
“When you concede a goal like that so late on, it epitomises the luck that went against us today. But I’m certainly very proud of the players.
“I thought the intensity was getting back up to near where we have been for 19 months. Tactically, I thought we were very good in the game.
“We defended very well. We took the lead, we should have arguably had at least two more and we should have had a penalty.
“It was disappointing, but I think the performance, which I’m clearly looking to at the moment, was at a much better level than we have been at.
“I never felt in any danger during the game. I think the organisation of the players was very good. They had good concentration. I always felt that with the ball we were a real threat going forward.
“But when you concede so late on like that, into injury-time, it’s a little bit frustrating.”
Unlike previous games this season, practically everyone in red played their part in a much-improved team display.
The players looked sharper and much more confident in possession, none more so than summer recruit Adam Lallana.
Of the former Southampton captain, Rodgers remarked: “I thought Lallana was outstanding. To come into his first derby game and play with that quality and intensity.
“He played the whole game during the week against Middlesbrough – right the way through, penalties and all. So to deliver that performance was great because it shows me he’s getting fitter and fitter now with each game.
“He was a constant threat for them, playing in that position just in behind. His performance was outstanding.”
Reflecting the disappointment felt by his manager, vice-captain Jordan Henderson told Liverpoolfc.com: “I thought we dominated the game and deserved to win.
“That’s football – you’re going to get blows like that at times. You’ve just got to keep going and it’s about how you react in the next game.
“The performance level was much better, back to where we expect it to be, with more intensity and more pressure on the ball.
“We were getting the ball back quicker and were more fluent going forward. Performance-wise, we can be very pleased. But we’re really disappointed we haven’t come away with the three points.”
Liverpool are next in action on Wednesday night when they travel to Switzerland for a Champions League fixture with FC Basel.
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