Steven Gerrard insists there are plenty of positives to be derived from Liverpool's display in Saturday's Barclays Premier League 1-1 draw with Manchester United.
The Reds skipper was delighted to make his first start in over seven months for Kenny Dalglish's side, but admits he and the rest of the players were left slightly disappointed not to have emerged victorious from yesterday's encounter.
"It was almost the perfect way to mark my return to the team," Gerrard told Liverpoolfc.tv. "To be leading against Manchester United with 10 minutes to go, the lads are a bit gutted we didn't hang on and take maximum points.
"But they are a very good side and very dangerous, so we're happy with the point. It's a point gained rather than two lost."
After breaking the deadlock with a well-taken free-kick in the 68th minute, Gerrard believes the fact Liverpool were left frustrated by only collecting a point when Javier Hernandez equalised in the closing stages, demonstrates just how far the team have progressed.
"I thought the first half was very flat," he continued. "I think both sides were anxious and a bit nervous, and maybe had too much respect for each other.
"In the second half, based on chances created, we are disappointed we didn't take maximum points. That is credit to us and goes to show how far we've come.
"Without a doubt there are positives to be taken. We're happy with the performance. We could have easily nicked the game 2-1 or even 3-1.
"We had chances with Luis [Suarez] and Dirk [Kuyt], and the keeper pulled off a world-class save from Jordan [Henderson]. We did very well and did enough to win the game."