Rodgers rues 'disallowed' goal
Published 26/11/2012 | 06:34
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers felt his side had a perfectly good goal ruled out as his "emotional" return to Swansea ended in a goalless draw at the Liberty Stadium.
The Northern Irishman was given a good reception, but he could not leave with the three points as the Reds failed to make the most of the superiority they enjoyed for much of the opening hour. Thee closest they came to a goal was Jose Enrique's close-range first-half effort from Luis Suarez's delicate pass, but it was chalked off for offside by the assistant referee.
Rodgers said: "We were unfortunate with the offside goal we had ruled out; that was a goal, I have seen it on the replay. But we are now eight games unbeaten and we are chipping away and our method was good today."
Enrique and Glen Johnson also wasted presentable chances for the Reds, while Raheem Sterling hit the bar and conspired to bungle a two against one situation with Suarez as the pair bore down on Swansea left-back Ben Davies after a rapid break. Rodgers admits his side need to be more clinical as they look to continue the progress being made at Anfield.
He said: "The difference is that little bit of quality in the final third and that's something we will look to improve on as time goes on.
"But I was pleased with our build up, creativity and method and we were just a bit unfortunate with the offside goal and the chance we had with the two v one."
A point also continued Swansea's good run as they recorded a first clean sheet since August. Michael Laudrup's side have now lost just one of their last eight games and remain above Liverpool in the Barclays Premier League table.
The hosts had their own chances to find a winner during an improved second-half showing and Ashley Williams saw his header cleared off the line by former team-mate Joe Allen.
Laudrup was pleased with a point and praised the way Williams and Chico Flores had handled the threat of Suarez.
He said: "I think it was a good point, I think we deserved that point. You know when you play against Suarez and (Steven) Gerrard they can always invent something, but I think we handled it well. There was one foul and yellow card for Chico but it was a fantastic game defensively."