Rodgers - Skrtel not at fault
Brendan Rodgers does not blame Liverpool's Martin Skrtel for his error in the Man City equaliser.
By Hayley Paterson
Last Updated: 26/08/12 7:58pm
Brendan Rodgers does not blame Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel for his costly error which allowed Manchester City to equalise in Sunday's Anfield stalemate.
The Slovakian played a blind backpass towards Pepe Reina which City striker Carlos Tevez pounced on and slotted home for 2-2.
The Reds went ahead early on when Skrtel converted his header but was then involved in a defensive mix-up with Martin Kelly as Yaya Toure capitalised to level the score.
However, new Liverpool chief Rodgers was delighted with his side and refused to blame his goalscoring centre-back for the final error, instead hailing him for his 'courage'.
"There's no blame to Martin Skrtel, I'd rather have players wanting to get on to the ball," he told Sky Sports.
"The courage he has to get on the football and try to play is what is the most important thing."
The match saw starts for teenager Raheem Sterling and former Swansea midfielder Joe Allen - with both additions pleasing Rodgers, who labelled their performances as 'phenomenal'.
On the game, he said: "It was a brilliant performance I thought. There were a lot of questions asked of the team coming into such a big game but I thought the players were incredible and sometimes the best team doesn't win, and I think we were the better team.
"From what I've seen today, last week was a one-off and today I thought they were terrific.
"The plan was going perfect but then I thought tactically the ability to press at the right time and to drop off and to block was very good. I'm very, very proud of the team."
Rodgers is also looking to add to his squad, having brought in loan star Nuri Sahin last week.
He added: "I just think the players need some help. Obviously we lost a lot of players in the summer and we've only replaced what went out and not even that.
"The squad is a bit shallow, there's absolutely no doubt about that but we need to get a few in just to help the players that are here."