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Rodgers Praises Liverpool’s ‘Warrior’ After Arsenal Draw

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has praised his side’s ‘warrior’ Martin Skrtel after the defender had a telling impact on his side’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal in the Premier League yesterday.

Skrtel was, in part, at fault for Mathieu Debuchy’s equaliser during the first half, with the French international defender beating him to the ball at the back post before heading home past reserve goalkeeper Brad Jones.

Given the relative height of both players, it was slightly disappointing to see Skrtel so easily beaten by the makeshift central defender, who was covering for the absent Laurent Koscielny.

Liveprool had gone ahead shortly before that, but fell 2-1 behind after Olivier Giroud scored for the Gunners.

Skrtel also went down injured for an extended period of time at the feet of Giroud, who accidentally stood on him.

He was, however, bandaged up, and completed the game, capping off his performance with an excellent header to secure a draw for Rodgers’ side.

Rodgers was effusive in his praise, saying: “He is a strong character. He stayed on and scored a great header. He is a real warrior.”

Liverpool Boss: Champions League Challenge Is On

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has reacted incredibly positively to his side’s 2-2 draw against Arsenal in the Premier League yesterday.

The Reds went ahead shortly before half time through Philippe Coutinho, but Arsenal equalised shortly after.

It was a typical Liverpool concession for this season, with Mathieu Debuchy popping up at the back post to head home past Brad Jones.

Martin Skrtel was partly at fault for that goal, but was the hero at the end of the game.

The giant defender was injured by Arsenal goalscorer Olivier Giroud, through no fault of the Frenchman, and required significant treatment to his head injury.

Having gone ahead through Giroud, Arsenal were then pegged back in the final minutes as Skrtel rose highest from a corner before heading home to secure a valuable point for Brendan Rodgers’ side.

The Liverpool boss now believes he has a side that are a force to be reckoned with, and that can still qualify for the Champions League, their goal for this season.

He said: “Yes, absolutely – but is always going to be a big challenge.

“Of course, we have to make up points but we have shown this is a club that can go on a run of games.

“In the second half of last season we went on a run of 11 wins. The most important thing is the confidence.

“And, once we bring injured Daniel Sturridge back in January, we can get back to being that team.”

Liverpool Boss Rallies The Troops Ahead Of Crucial CL Clash

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has challenged his troops to prove to the world that they belong with Europe’s best sides when they face Basel at Anfield tonight.

The Reds returned to the Champions League last season by finishing second in the Premier League, but the addition of more fixtures to their schedule has wrought havoc with their form.

That, combined with the exit of Luis Suarez and Rodgers’ failure to replace him, means that the Anfield club could depart from the competition after only the group stages.

They have not won since the opening match against Ludogorets, when Steven Gerrard scored a last minute penalty to give them the win.

Their tie against Basel is now incredibly important, but to their benefit, their Champions League fate remains in their own hands.

Should Liverpool manage a win in the game, the Reds will qualify for the knockout stages alongside the dominant Real Madrid, who top the group after winning the competition last season.

“We worked so hard to be here as players and as a coach,” Rodgers said.

“We deservedly qualified for this great competition because of our performances. Now we are in it we want to do well.

“When the draw was made we saw ourselves as a team that could come out of the group and nothing has changed. We have won one game and disappointed in some of the others but the bottom line is it’s about this game.

“I think the players have shown they’ve got the qualities for this level even though it’s a new experience for a lot of them.

“They will learn from it and hopefully as the competition goes on they will show that.

“Everyone has seen Real Madrid – probably the best team in the world – go clear in the group. For us it’s about trying to ensure we qualify too.

“The beauty is without being fantastic this season we still have a chance. We’ve done enough to put ourselves in this position and we have certainly got the ability to get the win.

“The confidence has maybe been affected with all the changes and injuries but we have still got talent and a great collective spirit. We hope that combination takes us through.”