Liverpool boss: Balotelli should have scored against Everton

Brendan Rodgers felt his side were unlucky not to come away with three points in the Merseyside derby.

For the final few minutes of Saturday's early kickoff, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was likely preparing himself to enjoy a key Merseyside derby victory, with the Reds once again seeming to have the edge over their local rivals through a telling contribution from Steven Gerrard.

But with Phil Jagielka's outrageous equaliser at the death, the Northern Irishman was questioned on the chances his side had to score more than once, and Mario Balotelli's huge opportunity to increase Liverpool's lead came up, after Raheem Sterling skinned Tony Hibbert on the left and squared for the Italian from just a few yards out.

The former Manchester City striker couldn't convert his chance, hitting the bar via an excellent save by Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard.

The fact the US international got a touch on the ball wasn't good enough for Rodgers though, who felt his striker should have converted, though acknowledging some impressive skills by the 24-year-old during other periods of the game.

"Balotelli should have scored," said Rodgers. "There was a touch on it [his shot] but I think he will think he should have scored. He had some exceptional touches in the game.

That effort wasn't the only incident the Liverpool manager saw as key moments that didn't quite go his side's way.

"We should also have had a penalty," he added. "If the Gareth Barry handball was not a penalty then you won't see any penalties all year.

"But they get their point and we are happy with the performance, if not the result.

"The players were brilliant. We were clearly the dominant side in the game, but sometimes you don't get what you deserve in football." 

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