Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was pleased with the response of his players as they drew 2-2 at Arsenal just three days after their FA Cup exit at the hands of League One Oldham at the weekend.
Rodgers’ side led 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium thanks to goals from Luis Suarez and Jordan Henderson, but were pegged back by Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott and had to settle for a point.
“It was a wonderful game,” Rodgers said. “Normally you would be bitterly disappointed not to have won but I can only be proud of the players, I thought they were absolutely magnificent.
“We never kept the lead long enough and once they get the goal that gives them the momentum.
“We could have very easily won the game but I thought the players were outstanding and really looked a threat tonight.
“I thought Jordan Henderson was brilliant, he scored a magnificent goal that was about his sheer desire. He will be a terrific player for Liverpool, he is learning the game tactically all the time and the last few months he has been brilliant.
“We were bitterly disappointed at the weekend but I knew I would get the reaction tonight.”
Henderson had mixed feelings.
“It was a good game of football,” Henderson told Sky Sports 2. “I thought we played well at times but had a spell where they scored two.
“Overall it’s a good point, I think we have to be happy, but going 2-0 up you are a little disappointed to concede two so quick.”
As for his own form – he also scored against Norwich earlier this month – Henderson added: “It’s nice to be getting chances and scoring as well and the team is helping us get into great positions with the movement on Suarez and (Daniel) Sturridge.
“We have to keep going and pushing up the league and hopefully getting a good finish.