Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish believes the performance in their 2-2 draw in the 215th Merseyside derby with Everton showed confidence was returning and proved the players are better than results have shown this season.

Dalglish's first game at Anfield since returning as Reds boss got off to a good start when Raul Meireles scored his maiden goal since joining the club in the summer. Sylvain Distin and Jermaine Beckford turned the game on its head but Dirk Kuyt salvaged a point from the penalty spot.

He said: "I was going to most games (prior to his appointment) and I couldn't believe the players did not get more wins than they did because they are much better players than where they are at the moment. But there are a lot of people who have said that and the best way for us to put our words into practice are by performances like that."

He added: "I have not been surprised negatively by anyone since I came in. Positively I have been really pleased with the attitude of the players.

"There is a lot we still have to analyse but really there has been a lot of positive things from the players.

"We are happy with the way we are playing. There is a lot of belief coming back into the players and that is great for us."

Dalglish also played down his return to the Anfield dugout, instead expressing his disappointment his side did not secure three points.

"It has always been a very good relationship between the Dalglish family and Liverpool Football Club and it was emotive for me to go down there, the response from the crowd was very much appreciated," he added. "We all showed we care about the football club and maybe we will be able to turn it around sooner rather than later.

"I think we were a bit unfortunate to only come in 1-0 up and then they scored two quick goals and we showed great desire and determination to get back into the game.

"Overall I thought we had more shots and more clear-cut chances and possibly we could say we deserved more from the game. At the moment there is not a great deal of fortune going our way but it is great credit to the players that they continue to chip away to try to get some luck."

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