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RodgersLiverpool kicked off their Europa League campaign with a 1-1 draw against Bordeaux, and the manager, though disappointed with the result, was full of praise for the young reds he fielded last night.

He said –

“I am disappointed but I feel encouraged by the performance with so many young players.

“I was disappointed their striker got too many touches in the box but if you can’t win, especially away from home in Europe, you at least get a point and we’re satisfied with that.

“I was so proud of them tonight. I will always give the young players an opportunity if they have the personality.”

“The senior players were outstanding helping the younger players and we will look for more of that in the coming weeks.”

The Liverpool boss also hailed the immense performance of Mamadou Sakho, and believes that the French defender has now put himself in contention for his first Premier League start this season against Norwich.

“Sakho was immense at the back,” said Rodgers. “He knows he has had to be patient and his attitude has been first class.

“He has trained very well, kept professional, done his extra work on his fitness and he has got his rewards for that.

“He certainly comes into the reckoning for the weekend (against Norwich).”

Rodgers made eight changes from the side beaten by Manchester United at the weekend with the first-half introduction of debutant Pedro Chirivella meaning the average age of the side was a mere 21.7 years.

While critical of Liverpool’s defending for the equaliser, Rodgers was impressed with the display of 18-year-old central midfield duo Jordan Rossiter and Chirivella, who replaced the injured Kolo Toure after 28 minutes.

“As the game wore on they combined with the other players and I thought they acquitted themselves well,” said the Reds boss.

“If you take those two, Jordon Ibe who is 19, Joe Gomez who is 18, there was great encouragement for the young players and supporters.”

Lallana marked his return from a month out with a thigh injury by netting only his seventh goal for the club.

“It was an outstanding goal,” said Rodgers. “It was his touch and creativity which we have not seen so much of this season.

“It was a wonderful goal and (substitute) Danny Ings was unfortunate not to score.”

 

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