Why Liverpool had to take positives out of their Ludogorets draw

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When a team is going through a bad patch, they need to find the positives to cling on to, and build upon.

Liverpool's players and their manager Brendan Rodgers seem to be taking the positives out of last night's 2-2 draw with Ludogorets - even if some fans are crying foul over such comments.

Of course, after four consecutive defeats in all competitions, fans want to see a good result. Understandable, but given how low Liverpool must have felt after their 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace on Sunday, it was important for them to take the positives out of this game. 

Despite falling behind, they proved there is a bit of fight about them and can turn things around. They should have won the game but recurring errors seem to come back and bite them on the backside. The full effect of that will be shown on Saturday against Stoke City - whether it has knocked their confidence further, or not.

Stopping the rot is hugely important. If Liverpool had a record hanging over their head of their worst run of form in over 60 years there would have been some serious apprehension at the club. 

Taking the Champions League in isolation, having been drawn from pot three, and alongside the European Champions in Real Madrid, taking their chances down to the last game where a win at Anfield against Basel will take them through to the knockout stages brings about very little shame.

There are positives surrounding Rickie Lambert, who demonstrated his desire to score a scrappy equaliser, despite reportedly having a stomach upset, Raheem Sterling showed flashes resembling his best form, and a willingness to change things from their previous game in order to try and obtain a result.

As former players turned pundits like Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher pointed out a win could have been a huge lift for the side, and just a little bit of momentum to take into their Premier League game with Stoke City at the weekend.

But there has been some kind of improvement from the side at least - they were never just going to sweep the Bulgarians aside.

For Brendan Rodgers, he has shown at least a willingness to change things for this fixture as he searches to turn around the fortunes as his side. The pressure is mounting on him, and he remains one win away for achieving one target that has seemingly been set by the club's hierachy.

If anyone expects things to go smoothly from here on in, then they are very much mistaken. Sure, if things improve, we are likely to see green shoots, but there are still going to be errors out there. One would bet there are still going to be problems with the defence no matter how much work is put into it.

Though the draw with Ludogorets is a small positive, where a win wouldn't have changed anything in terms of what they need to do to qualify from their Champions League group, 

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