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Rodgers thrilled with Chelsea draw

Created on 11 Nov., 2012 10:39 PM GMT

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has hailed a 'terrific point' earned by his side against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

John Terry gave the Blues a first-half lead from a corner, before being stretchered off with what appeared to be a serious knee injury before Luis Suarez levelled the scores after the break, nodding in Jamie Carragher's flick on from a corner.

"In the second half we looked like we could go on and win the game, so it's a terrific point for us," he told Sky Sports.

"Coming here, it's obviously a very difficult place, I know as well as anyone. So for the group were working with at the moment, it was a great point for us."

Liverpool's performance improved when Rodgers changed his formation in the second period to a flat back four, but the former Swansea boss preferred to praise his players' efforts.

"You have to give the credit to the players, the players were fantastic," he continued.

"We felt like we needed to change it after that first 10-15 minutes, but all the credit you have to give to the players for whatever system you have, it's about the application and the quality of the players.

"You see a mixture for us, our senior players have been phenomenal because they need support around them, and our younger players are getting great experience."

However, Rodgers did admit he was concerned by his side's lack of shots in the game.

"That's something for us going forward, we need to improve that side of it.

"Normally we have many more attempts than that."

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo also lamented missed chances in this match.

"We knew that the second goal was crucial to the game," Di Matteo told reporters.

"We had opportunities, their goalkeeper made some great saves. We couldn't push on.

"We are still playing well and we are still creating chances, but we have to be clinical to take our chances and finish the game off."

Having led the league at the start of this campaign, Chelsea have now dropped to third on the premiership table and find themselves three points adrift of current leader Manchester United (27 points) and one off second-placed Manchester City (25).

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