Liverpool draws 2-2 vs. Manchester City at Anfield

Brendan Rodgers praised the performance of his Liverpool side

against Manchester City in the Premier League, despite mistakes

leading to both City goals in a 2-2 draw at Anfield Sunday.

Rodgers was pleased with the resilience his team showed and was

confident Liverpool will improve as the season continues.

”I thought it was a brilliant performance,” Rodgers said. ”We

were asked a lot of questions and I thought the players were

incredible. Sometimes the best team doesn’t win.”

Martin Skrtel gave Liverpool the lead with a powerful header

from a Steven Gerrard corner in the first half but Yaya Toure

equalized for Roberto Mancini’s side in the 63rd after Pepe Reina

failed to claim a cross that Martin Kelly then could not

control.

Luis Suarez restored Liverpool’s lead with a perfectly executed

low free kick into the corner of Joe Hart’s goal.

Skrtel was at fault for City’s second with an under-hit pass

back toward Reina, which Carlos Tevez ran on to, rounding

Liverpool’s goalkeeper and slotting into an empty net for his 100th

goal in English football.

Rodgers refused to blame Skrtel’s error for his side’s failure

to secure three points in his first home league match as Liverpool

manager.

”He was brave enough to play it and that’s the development of

the team. As a group we will only get better,” Rodgers said.

Mancini was disappointed with the result, admitting his

frustration at his side conceding two goals in each of its two

games this season.

”This is the time to finish conceding two goals every game,”

Mancini said. ”But we have taken one point when we went down two

times.

”We started with the ball for 30 minutes; we had it in their

half and had four or five chances to score. But we conceded a goal

from a corner and something changed.”

Liverpool plays Arsenal at Anfield next Sunday while City faces

Queens Park Rangers at home on Saturday.