Brendan Rodgers praises Liverpool youngsters after Bordeaux draw

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was both disappointed and encouraged by his side’s 1-1 Europa League draw in Bordeaux.

BORDEAUX, FRANCE - Thursday, September 17, 2015: Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers before the UEFA Europa League Group Stage Group B match against FC Girondins de Bordeaux at the Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Adam Lallana‘s second-half goal was cancelled out by substitute Jussie late on to deny the Reds an opening win.

However, with Rodgers making eight changes it was the young players who impressed – the first-half introduction of debutant Pedro Chirivella brought the average age down to 21.7 – and the manager was full of praise.

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

“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.”

BORDEAUX, FRANCE - Thursday, September 17, 2015: Liverpool's Jordan Rossiter applauds the travelling supporters after the 1-1 draw with FC Girondins de Bordeaux the UEFA Europa League Group Stage Group B match at the Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Chirivella and Rossiter, both 18, impressed in central midfield and Rodgers noted that.

“As the game wore on they combined with the other players and I thought they acquitted themselves well.

“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 was returning from a month out with a thigh injury and despite some rustiness in the first half he took his goal brilliantly.

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

BORDEAUX, FRANCE - Thursday, September 17, 2015: Liverpool's Adam Lallana celebrates scoring the first goal against FC Girondins de Bordeaux during the UEFA Europa League Group Stage Group B match at the Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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

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

BORDEAUX, FRANCE - Thursday, September 17, 2015: Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho applauds the travelling supporters after the 1-1 draw with FC Girondins de Bordeaux the UEFA Europa League Group Stage Group B match at the Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“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).”

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