Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers felt that his side did not get what they deserved after a 1-1 draw at home with Everton in the Merseyside derby, the first match of matchday 6 in the English Premier League.
Rodgers was left in a rueful mood after the stalemate after Reds captain Steven Gerrard’s free-kick goal in the 65th minute was cancelled out by Everton captain and centre-half Phil Jagielka who lashed in a 25-yard equaliser in second-half added time, which mean the points had to be shared.
“We didn’t get what we deserved,” said Rodgers.
“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. Any moments to defend, 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 conceded so late on like that, into injury-time, it’s a little bit frustrating.”
Rodgers also praised skipper Gerrard after the 34-year-old’s early season performances attracted had attracted some recent criticism.
Rodgers added: “Stevie’s such a selfless guy. He was letting Mario take a few [free-kicks] in the first half and I was screaming on for him to take it, because he’s got so much quality.”
“But he would rather, at times, let other people have an opportunity. He’s shown many a time over the years that’s his range. When he took it, it was a goal that should have won the game. But it was a wonderful free-kick and I thought his performance today was outstanding.”