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Liverpool: Rodgers Encouraged By Europa Display

Liverpool: Rodgers Encouraged By Europa Display

Despite conceding a late equaliser against FC Bordeaux, Brendan Rodgers has declared himself 'satisfied' with the performance...

Liverpool may have failed to win for a fourth consecutive game on Thursday night but there were at least some signs of life following their heavy back-to-back league defeats against Manchester United and West Ham United.

Brendan Rodgers' much-changed side were even heading for all three points at the Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, courtesy of a classy Adam Lallana goal, before conceding an equaliser in the final 10 minutes.

Philippe Coutinho and Danny Ings also went close to netting for the visitors during an even contest in which five teenagers featured for Liverpool, including two debutants.

Analysing proceedings at his post-match press conference, Rodgers remarked: "You're obviously disappointed [not to win], but I was more satisfied and encouraged by the performance.

"We had so many young players in the team - and some of these players were playing their first games - so I thought it was very encouraging.

"Coming away in European games is always tough to do, but with the lack of experience we had and a lot of the young players, I was delighted with that.

"You're disappointed to concede, the striker had too many touches in the box and then they got a bit of good fortune when Emre Can slides and the ball ricochets to him [Jussie].

"But if you can't win, especially away from home in European games, it's important you get a point - and we certainly at least deserved that."

At one stage Liverpool's average age was a mere 21.7 and Rodgers was keen to emphasise the point, adding: "I was so proud of them tonight.

"I'll always give young players an opportunity if they've got the personality.

"This is part of the growth of a young player - do they go out on loan or do you keep them here and put them under that pressure?

"A lot of our players are actually out on loan, but Jordan Rossiter and young Pedro Chirivella gained more control as the game wore on.

"They were able to combine better with other players. It's invaluable experience for them and I thought they acquitted themselves very well.

"Jordan came off with cramp and Cameron Brannagan comes on and slides into the position well.

"You take those two and you look at Jordon Ibe who is only 19 on the side, Joe Gomez is 18, so there is great encouragement there for young players and the supporters when they see them giving that type of performance."

The bulk of the team is likely to make way when Norwich City visit Anfield on Sunday but they could feature again on Wednesday night when Liverpool face Carlisle United in the Capital One Cup.



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Writer:Gavin Kelley-Day
Date:Friday September 18 2015
Time: 5:04PM

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