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
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
”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
”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.