Rodgers joyous at 'outstanding' Liverpool

Brendan Rodgers rued his Liverpool side being held to a draw, while Arsene Wenger reflected on another goalless display.

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Roberto Mancini, Brendan Rodgers, August 2012 (Reuters)

Liverpool 2-2 Manchester City

Brendan Rodgers: "I thought the best team didn't win. I thought we were outstanding against a top side, the champions. Once we managed the first five or 10 minutes, tactically the players were terrific. We'd prepared for 4-2-3-1 and 3-5-2 but until you get on the field and play against the movement... We're disappointed not to win the game but there were a lot of young players giving us great hope for the future. The fight and the quality we played with today - and the atmosphere - was incredible."

Roberto Mancini: "This is the time to finish conceding two goals every game. But we have taken one point when we went down two times. We started with the ball for 30 minutes, we had it in their half and had four or five chances to score. But we conceded a goal from a corner and something changed."

Stoke 0-0 Arsenal

Tony Pulis: "I'm pleased with the point, really pleased with the point. I thought we were disappointing going forward. I thought we could do better than that. We looked unbalanced without Matty [Etherington] on the left hand side but the attitude of the players and the commitment of the players was absolutely first class. As a football club we must never ever become blase about taking a point off one of the top teams in Europe."

Arsene Wenger: "Offensively we still have some work to do because we missed a bit of accuracy in the final third in our movement and in our passing. We are used to finding each other in the final third and there's something missing but I still think we should have won the game 1-0. [It is] an understanding because you have Cazorla and Podolski who one month ago, they didn't know each other, so that will come. We have some work to do on the training ground but I believe we have the potential but you can see as well that something is missing."

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