JAMIE CARRAGHER believes Liverpool were worthy of the point they claimed with a 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
The Londoners took a first-half lead through John Terry, who then went off injured following an accidental collision with Luis Suarez, who later equalised for the Reds.
Carragher said: “I think first half Chelsea were on top but in the second we came out and great credit to the lads.
“We probably deserved a draw in the end, the way we battled in the second half.”
It was Carragher’s first start in the league this season and he said: “The Premier League is a step up (from the cups) with all its intensity and Chelsea is a difficult place to come.
“If I am picked I give everything; it is down to the manager, he is the boss.”
When asked if not playing was frustrating, Carragher said: “Yes and no. I want to play but I understand. I am never going to cause a problem.”
Reds team-mate Jose Enrique added: “Most important is the performance from the team. Suarez is an amazing player, a key player for us.”
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers also believed changing the system at half-time resulted in a far more effective team after the break.
He said: “I thought in the first half we were too tentative. Second half our attitude in the game was much better and we are better when we play fast football. Coming here is a very difficult place. I thought it was a great point for us. You have to give credit to the players, they were fantastic.”
Rodgers also hailed Carragher, adding: “He is phenomenal, it’s an absolute pleasure to work with him. His preparation is first class, he is always preparing himself well.
“Today he was exceptional, he is a real model professional for a young player.
“With everything he has won and achieved he could easily come and knock on my door but he is old school, he respects authority.”