Liverpool 0 Stoke 0: Rodgers ‘disappointed’ by Anfield stalemate
Liverpool 0 Stoke City 0: Brendan Rodgers admits his side were "disappointed" to be held to a goalless draw by the Potters
Brendan Rodgers admitted his disappointment at Liverpool’s failure to beat Stoke City after stumbling to a frustrating goalless draw at Anfield.
The Reds came close through Raheem Sterling and Luis Suárez who both hit the woodwork as Rodgers’ men produced 18 attempts on Asmir Begovic’s goal.
Stoke had their own chances, albeit aided by Liverpool mistakes, with Charlie Adam and Steven Nzonzi coming close for the visitors.
“We’re disappointed we didn’t win the game. The attitude and application of the players was terrific and we stood up to the real physicality of the game, which was a big plus,” said Rodgers.
“If you can play against Stoke physically, especially with so many young players in the team and technicians, then you know you’re going to be alright in your other games.
“I thought as the game wore on we got into good spaces and moments in good areas of the field, but just our final touch or decision at the end of it didn’t quite allow us to score.
“We’re disappointed not to win, but there were a lot of real positives from the game – and it was our first [league] clean sheet of the season, which was important.”
He added: “I was particularly pleased with how we kept going. We kept getting on the ball and getting between people. We were throwing bodies into the box, but we couldn’t quite get that final touch to get the goal.”