Brendan Rogers praised Notts County last night after their valiant display forced Liverpool into an extra-time thriller.
It took only four minutes for Liverpool to find the net with a fine solo effort from Raheem Sterling. And after Daniel Sturridge added their second in the 29th minute it looked like Liverpool were cruising to an easy victory. However, after a half that the Reds completely dominated, Notts County came back with new found vigour.
They went at their Premier League opponents and early in the second half were rewarded for their efforts with a headed goal in the 62nd minute from Yoann Arquin.
If Notts County deserved their goal, Liverpool deserved three, as Kolo Toure became the third player to hit the post. When it looked like Liverpool would see out the win, it was the League One outfit that stunned the Liverpool fans by snatching an equaliser with only six minutes of normal time remaining, wonder sub Adam Coombes slotting in.
In a tense and exciting climax to the game, the Reds, having made all three substitutions, were reduced to 10 men when Toure was carried off on a stretcher. County had a penalty shout turned down before Sturridge snatched his brace, stroking in his second goal of the night - his fourth of the season.
It was another substitute that scored the games and Liverpool's final goal, as Jordan Henderson cut open County’s defence to wrap up the match.
"It was a real interesting game because we were so in control in the first half and at the beginning of the second half," Brendan Rodgers told told Sky Sports.
"I think I can only give plaudits to two groups really. One is my players because with ten men and being pegged back to two each, to show that character and commitment and fight to want to get through, it's a big credit to them.
He continued to praise the lower league team by saying: "I think you have to give a big credit to Notts County because at 2-0 down here at Anfield, we're in good form at the minute. It was a great fightback for them and that will bode well for their season because they showed great character and quality.
"We've seen it in football before - 2-0 is always a dangerous scoreline no matter who you're against. We're obviously disappointed with the goals we conceded and our management of the game, but across the board, we're glad to get through."
Thankfully Sturridge and Henderson saved Rodgers blushes, making it three wins out of three games so far this season. He’ll definitely be a happy man as he and his team host Manchester United in one of the biggest games of the season in their next outing.
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