Rodgers: Liverpool deserved to beat Arsenal

The Reds boss feels his team should have taken maximum points from their away trip to the Emirates Stadium after failing to finish a raft of chances against the Gunners

25.08.2015 09:29:46

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was left to rue missed opportunities after his side drew 0-0 with title rivals Arsenal on Monday night. The Reds, who entered the match on the back of two consecutive wins in the Premier League, struck the woodwork twice in the first half as midfielder Philippe Coutinho went closest to breaking the deadlock. Christian Benteke also forced Petr Cech into an outstanding save from close range and Rodgers believes his team were the stronger of the two sides. "We definitely could have had all three points," the Northern Irishman told the press. "I was very happy with how we worked in the first-half in particular. We created chances and should have been in front. "We had a period of 15 minutes when Petr made some fantastic saves. Christian was stretching and made as much contact with the ball as he could, but it was a great save." Despite failing to take maximum points for the first time this campaign, Rodgers was pleased with his players' perfomance and believes his backline gave the team a solid foundation. "It was very important that our defence was super organised. That will be the platform for us with all our creative talent. "I thought we were outstanding right the way through. Our performance level is growing all the time. The defence was very organised against a top class team." Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey saw his early goal ruled ruled out for offside by the officials - a decision which Rodgers described as "great". And the former Swansea City boss also had special praise for stand-in midfielder Lucas following injuries to Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana, with the Brazilian linked with a move away from Anfield in the coming days. "We’ll see over the next week and assess," he added. "The boys who came in did very well. "Lucas is the best defensive midfield player we have. When we do need that he’s the best we have.  He’s very much part of what we are trying to do but of course every player wants to play every game. He’s highly respected by myself and the coaching staff." Arsenal 0-0 Liverpool

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