Liverpool latest: Suarez thinking about missed header, defender dream

Steven Gerrard

More reaction following Liverpool's thrilling 3-3 Merseyside derby draw with Everton at the weekend.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has warned that Luis Suarez will be determined to make amends for not winning the Merseyside derby for the Reds at Goodison Park.

Suarez scored a free-kick in a 3-3 thriller against Everton but Gerrard thinks Suarez will be thinking more about the header that could have won the game rather than his goal.

Gerrard said: ‘Luis is the type of player who won’t be thinking about his free-kick after the game, he’ll be thinking about the header he missed. That’s why he’s so good. He’ll be desperate to get back out there and make amends for that.

‘That’s what the best players do, they don’t get big-headed over the good things they do but analyse the mistakes and where it went wrong and how they can improve.’

Gerrard also said that young full-back Jon Flanagan got a round of applause in the dressing room after the game for his performance. Flanagan made only his second appearance of the season at left-back and put in an impressive display, and compared him to legend Jamie Carragher.

Gerrard said: ‘He doesn’t get many headlines but as captain of the team he was the player I am most proud of. I thought he was unbelievable. He’s been fighting hard in training just to get in the 18, never mind the starting 11, but the manager threw him in at the deep end against a top class player like Mirallas and I thought he was sensational.’

Flanagan told the Liverpool Echo that he was living the dream playing in his first derby match.

‘It was different to any other game I had played and it was brilliant to be involved. The atmosphere was amazing with the rivalry between the two clubs.

‘I usually play on the right but I was happy to do a job on the left. I’ll play anywhere for this team.’

Manager Brendan Rodgers explained that he left Daniel Sturridge on the bench because he didn’t think he was fit enough to start Saturday’s clash. Sturridge came off the bench to score the late equaliser to snatch a point for the Reds.

Rodgers told the press: ‘It is very simple for me. With any player, you have to put yourself on the training field. If you do that, you will be in with a chance of playing. If you don’t do that, there is a consequence – you don’t play. If you want to be a champion, if you want to win things, you have to be ready. For this game I just felt Daniel wasn’t ready.’

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