Liverpool 0 Hull City 0: Brendan Rodgers happy with ‘outstanding’ display
"I can't ask for any more from the players," says Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers declared he couldn’t ask for any more from his Liverpool players despite failing to beat Hull City at Anfield.
Liverpool centre-half Dejan Lovren had a first-half effort cleared off the line, whilst Raheem Sterling had a low effort saved.
I can’t ask for any more from the players, they’ve given everything
Rodgers stuck with Mario Balotelli despite the Italy international’s underwhelming performance against Real Madrid mid-week.
And the 24-year-old missed the home side’s best chance in stoppage time, while Eldin Jakupović denied Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho.
“Performance wise we were excellent, particularly in the second half where we were outstanding,” Rodgers told BBC Sport.
“After a tough game in midweek it was a great effort from the players and we deserved to win the game. I thought it was just a matter of time until we scored, we created some opportunities and had 19 shots at goal. I can’t ask for any more from the players, they’ve given everything.”
On Balotelli’s injury-time miss, Rodgers felt the Italian striker would have been disappointed with his late miss.
Rodgers added: “He will be disappointed with that. The cross came in, it was a perfect ball, he just opened his foot up too far and the chance was gone.”