Rodgers pleased with Liverpool efforts in derby draw

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers praised the performance of his side despite their failure to breach rivals Everton’s defence as Saturday’s Merseyside derby ended goalless, Sky Sports has reported.

The Reds had the better of a relatively lacklustre affair, with young winger Jordan Ibe – a surprise inclusion in their starting XI – coming closest to scoring when his long-range shot cannoned off a post. The 19-year-old impressed throughout and often unsettled the home side.

Captain Steven Gerrard, in his final appearance at Goodison Park, had a free-kick tipped over by Joel Robles and a bicycle kick deflected over following a corner, while Raheem Sterling saw his second half shot comfortably saved. Everton’s only shot on target came late on when Seamus Coleman was impressively denied by goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

The result means that Liverpool stay in seventh place, four points adrift of a Champions League place, although that gap could increase on Sunday if Manchester United win at West Ham United. However, Rodgers felt his side put in a strong performance.

“I thought we were outstanding over the course of the game,” he said. “These games are always very tense but I thought some of our football, and how we defended throughout the game was outstanding.

“We only conceded one shot on target. Apart from that we were fantastic and probably just failed a bit around the edge of the box. It was an outstanding team effort and the least we probably deserved was a point.’

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