Brendan Rodgers’ post-match interview after Liverpool 0-0 Hull

Brendan Rodgers looked to find the positives in Liverpool’s disappointing goalless draw at home to Hull City on Saturday afternoon.

“Performance wise we were excellent, particularly in the second half where we were outstanding,” the Reds manager told BBC Sport.

“After a tough game in midweek it was a great effort from the players and we deserved to win the game. I thought it was just a matter of time until we scored, we created some opportunities and had 19 shots at goal. I can’t ask for any more from the players, they’ve given everything.”

It was another frustrating afternoon for striker Mario Balotelli, still looking for his first Premier League goal for Liverpool. An afternoon of arguably improved performance ended excruciatingly as he failed to connect with the ball from just yards out — a chance that would have won the Reds the game had he connected.

Rodgers added, “He will be disappointed with that. The cross came in, it was a perfect ball, he just opened his foot up too far and the chance was gone.”