BRENDAN RODGERS spoke of his “pride” after Liverpool earned a morale-boosting draw at Arsenal last night.
Despite seeing his side lose a two-goal lead to draw 2-2, Rodgers said: “My over-riding emotion after the game is of real pride.
“We played Arsenal earlier on in the season and they outplayed us and we were disappointing.
“I always thought this would be a good game to use as a benchmark to see how we’ve been progressing.
“It’s a game we should have won. We didn’t, but we showed great resilience and quality and had other chances to get other goals. I’m very proud of the team.”
The Reds boss added: “It was a good reaction from Sunday, but Sunday was more my fault than their’s. I’m a great believer in young players and I look at maybe the depth of our squad and put a lot of trust into them.
“The problem is that when I put them in and maybe don’t have some of our big players it’s difficult.
“That’s how it was for us on Sunday. Obviously we’re bitterly disappointed to go out, but I never had any second thoughts that we’d get a reaction because these players have been brilliant.
“They’re improving all the time and tonight was more evidence towards that.”
Luis Suarez scored his 22nd goal of the season, despite playing much of the game in an unfamiliar position wide on the left, but Rodgers said he had no worries about asking his top scorer to switch.
“It’s not new for him,” he explained. “He’s played a couple of games in that number 10 role for us and he’s made up that third player for us in midfield.
“Arsenal play with three midfield players and I needed to ensure that we still had the superiority in there so I went with Jordan Henderson and Lucas in there with Luis so that we had three.
“At Ajax and Groningen Luis played as a false winger. He’s a different type of winger to Theo Walcott, but wherever he plays he will always be direct and go for the goal.
“He’s played in three positions for me, in all of which he’s comfortable and all of which he’s scored goals in.
“It’s great that you’ve got that flexibility of player.
“Every player has his favourite position, but the thing with Luis is he plays just round the corner from Daniel Sturridge who gives us pace and power and presence, and Suarez is bright and clever and can play just off him.
“He worked ever so hard for the team tonight.”