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Brendan Rodgers: What pleased me most about Liverpool's draw at Everton


Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was delighted with the performance of his young players after the goalless draw at Everton.

21-year-old Emre Can and 19-year-old Jordon Ibe played the full 90 minutes for the Reds with Ibe enjoying only his second league start for the club.

And the Northern Irishman compared the German to a "Rolls-Royce" at the end of the game.

"What was pleasing tonight was that in such an intense atmosphere, the composure of my young players," the manager said.

"Look at Emre Can tonight, at 21 years of age he was like a Rolls-Royce at the back; he defended fantastically and his quality on the ball was very, very good.

"Young Jordon Ibe and the rest showed great composure, they connected the game very well in the team. We've now got a really solid structure and good stability in the team defensively.

"86 minutes was their first shot on target so that's a big credit to the team and how well they defended when they had to.

"We were just waiting to put Jordon in, we called him back because we felt now he can really contribute.

"He had a great spell on loan which is what you want for your young players, to get that experience. He had an outstanding manager in Steve McClaren and a really good time at a good club.

"It was the time to come back and feature, and he obviously would have played in some of the cup games if he was available.

"I had no qualms about putting him in and it was a brilliant performance by him.

"He was unfortunate not to have scored with his run and strike, and also he had one at the back post where if he arrives a fraction earlier he probably scores.

"He has wonderful temperament and technique, and is tactically very good for a kid coming into that system, having to get forward and then know when to tuck in as well. I was very pleased for him in the intensity of that game."

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