Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has praised the impact of two new faces in the Liverpool side, youth team player Raheem Sterling and summer signing Joe Allen, the BBC
The pair started in the Reds’ 2-2 draw with Manchester City on Sunday and were impressive, with Rodgers picking each out for individual praise. On Sterling the former Swansea City boss said: “For a 17-year-old lad coming in to play against the champions, I thought his performance was fantastic,” adding that the Liverpool supporters were going to enjoy watching Allen, bought from Swansea. “He’s absolutely immense. His courage in getting on the ball, how he reads the game and his football intelligence is outstanding,” Rodgers said.
Liverpool were forced to settle for a point against City after twice taking the lead. Martin Skrtel headed the home side in front in the first-half from a Steven Gerrard corner but Yaya Toure levelled after the break.
Luis Suarez however restored Liverpool’s advantage just after the hour mark when he converted a free-kick after former Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell was deemed to have handled just outside the penalty area. Suarez curled the ball around Joe Hart’s wall for his first goal of the season.
But Skrtel went from hero to villain with 10 minutes remaining, playing a back pass into a dangerous area and straight to Carlos Tevez, who rounded Pepe Reina to equalise for the second time.
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