Brendan Rodgers insisted he was happy with Liverpool’s performance in the 0-0 draw against Hull City, but couldn’t hide his frustration at his sides failure to get all three points.
The Reds dominated the second half at Anfield, controlling possession, winning a huge number of set pieces, and missing a number of opportunities to break the deadlock.
But Rodgers says he was happy with the response of his side, following the disappointing 0-3 defeat to Real Madrid earlier in the week.
“I thought it was a great response for us from the game in midweek,” the manager said.
“We were maybe a bit slow in the first half but in the second half we were outstanding – the energy and effort we put into the game, and we created chances.
“It was a game that we should have had three points from. We had enough chances; I’m frustrated that we didn’t win the game, but performance-wise I’m happy with our reaction to the midweek game.”
Rodgers also had words of encouragement for Mario Balotelli, who missed a glorious chance to provide the winner with the very last kick of the game.
“There were a couple of chances that fell for him around the six-yard box.
“It was a great run by Philippe Coutinho, he opened up his foot to try to guide it in – it was a big chance and we had one or two of those in the game but we just couldn’t quite put the ball in the net.
“I thought Mario worked very well and very hard. He maybe thought he wasn’t going to play today. You saw that he is working hard and at the moment he’s doing his best.
“Unfortunately, it’s about confidence sometimes when you don’t get the goal. He kept going and kept getting into the areas, and I thought he and Rickie Lambert worked very well when [the substitutes] came on.”