Sunday 07 October 2012

Rodgers draws comfort from hardy Liverpool

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers pleased by brave Reds despite Stoke stalemate

  • Daniel Agger stretches to get a shot in on Stoke's goal in the goalless draw at Anfield

Even though his side found no way past Stoke City's rearguard, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers commended the attitude of his players in the face of a stern physical test during their goalless draw at Anfield.

Rodgers' side are yet to win at Anfield this campaign and they were frustrated again by a Stoke side for whom this represented a fourth Barclays Premier League draw.

"It was a physical game today but no complaints from us. I'm disappointed we didn't win the game but the attitude and application of the players was terrific"
Brendan Rodgers

"They are a bunch of big men who make it difficult for you and there is no right or wrong way to play football," said the Reds' manager. "What I was proud of is our young guys stood up to that.

"It was a physical game today but no complaints from us. I am obviously disappointed we didn't win the game but I thought the attitude and application of the players was terrific.

"As the game on we got into good areas but it was just that final touch, that final decision at the end of it didn't allow us to score.

"There were a lot of real positives from the game and our first clean sheet which is important.

"We had so much dominance, particularly second half, so I was pleased with how we kept going."

Rodgers admitted that Liverpool's recent record at Anfield is no boasting matter but gave great thanks to the patience of the home fans.

"This is a club that has won only two Premier League games at Anfield in this calendar year and it has been nearly a year since the club has won consecutive Premier League games so to still get the backing of the supporters with that type of record, there's not many clubs would give that.

"The players gave the club everything today, and there should be a big appreciation of the supporters.  There were a lot of real positives and it was our first clean sheet of the season which is important."

Tony Pulis insisted Stoke could have done even better after mistakes by Liverpool in the first half nearly gifted goals to Charlie Adam and Michael Kightly.

"We are pleased," he said. "We have had three draws here in five years in the Barclays Premier League so we haven't done too bad.

"We just can't get that win that we would love. The first 20 to 25 minutes I thought we had the best chances and the best of the game and then they came into it and in the second half we had to defend resolutely.

"They worked their socks off, it's a good group, a very, very together group and we are pleased with the point."

Pulis confirmed that Michael Owen missed a return to Anfield after tweaking his groin yesterday.

You can read a full report, follow how the match unfolded, view the best photos and stay up to date with all the statistics by clicking on the link below.

Liverpool 0-0 Stoke: view match report, stats and photos here

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Key Points

  • Tottenham overcame Aston Villa, while Liverpool were frustrated at Anfield again by Stoke
  • Newcastle United were overwhelmed 3-0 by Manchester United
  • Liverpool were frustrated as their winless run at Anfield continued with a 0-0 draw with Stoke