Gerard Houllier believes Brendan Rodgers is building a 'very good future' for Liverpool Football Club, by giving teenagers such as Raheem Sterling first-team opportunities.

The former Reds boss still takes a keen interest in goings on at Anfield, and after the introduction of promising academy players like Sterling, Suso, and Andre Wisdom, feels that despite a slow start to the season, there is plenty of reason for optimism.

"I am pleased with the way Brendan makes the team play," Houllier told Liverpoolfc.com. "He plays the right way and I'm pleased he's given a chance to some of the young players. Some are very good.

"Sterling could be a major player for the club in the future and at the moment he just needs to be a little more composed, particularly in the final move of his game.

"Suso, Andre Wisdom and Joe Allen are all good players and it's very good for the future of the club."

Liverpool currently lie 12th in the Premier League table, with 10 points from their opening nine games, after Sunday's 2-2 draw with Everton in the Merseyside derby. But, despite letting slip a two-goal advantage, Houllier - who was at Goodison Park commentating for French TV - insists there are plenty of positives to be taken from the game.

Luis Suarez's disallowed goal in stoppage time was a particularly bitter pill to swallow for Reds fans, and Houllier was no different, citing that it would have delivered the three points the players' efforts deserved.

"Liverpool posed a major problem to Everton in changing the system in the second half and I thought Brendan was very clever," the 65-year-old added. "It really helped the team and in the end they probably could have won it.

"It was a goal. I don't know what the referee saw there because it wasn't offside. I thought initially he had given a foul for a push by Coates but the flag was for offside. It wasn't offside.

"Sometimes things even up. I mean, we've got to remember we were lucky that time Sander Westerveld's clearance hit Don Hutchison in the last minute and went in the net, and that was disallowed."

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