Published Monday, 27 August 2012
Liverpool's new man at the helm, Brendan Rodgers. (© Getty)
The new manager could have watched his side pick up a big win against Manchester City, had it not been for an ill-advised back-pass from Martin Skrtel which allowed Carlos Tevez to capitalise.
But Rodgers remained focused on the positives from Liverpool's performance, insisting he wasn't frustrated by the way in which City's second goal was conceded.
"It's not frustrating - it's all part of the journey," he said after Sunday's match.
"I commend the courage. Martin Skrtel was immense - there's no blame on him. It's all part of our learning. He's disappointed now, but all his teammates and the staff rallied round him."
We're disappointed not to win the game, but there were a lot of young players giving us great hope for the future.
Rodgers replaced Kenny Dalglish at the Anfield club after leading Swansea City to the Premiership and keeping them there in their debut season playing top flight football.
He took up the reins at Liverpool vowing to concentrate on building stability - but that doesn't mean he's not looking to bolster the side with some choice investments.
Rodgers is already full of praise for youngsters Joe Allen and Raheem Sterling.
On Sterling, he said: "For a 17-year-old, playing against the champions, I thought his performance was fantastic."
And on the prospect of making new signings before Friday's deadline, Rodgers added: "I would hope we could get some more players in.
"The players just need help. We lost players in the summer and we were only able to bring in a few to replace those. If we're going to strengthen, then hopefully we can get a few more in."
Among the names linked with a move to Liverpool is Fulham's Clint Dempsey, although the player may have been getting ahead of himself when he considered it a sure thing - leading to a fall-out with boss Martin Jol.
He's now looking more likely to be headed in Sunderland's direction.
Rodgers could be on the look-out for a replacement for Andy Carroll, with the striker rumoured to be set for an exit. Chelsea's Daniel Sturridge is reportedly being considered for the role.