Roy Hodgson happy with Liverpool display

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Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson was happy with the performance of his side in their 1-1 draw at Steaua Bucharest which secured progress to the knockout stages of the Europa League.

A Milan Jovanovic goal was cancelled out by an Eder Bonfim strike just past the hour mark, but the Reds held on to secure a crucial point.

He told reporters:"I'm very happy and happy most of all that the team we had the confidence to take on this tough task of playing Steaua away and were able to produce the performance and get the result we needed.

"We always knew it was going to be tough because it was a bit of a last chance for Steaua to qualify, so I was a little bit concerned with my team selection, but the players served the club well and stuck at our task very well.

"I asked a lot of them; asking that team with so many players who had not played for a long time – Joe Cole, Fabio Aurelio, Ryan Babel – and players like Danny Wilson, Dani Pacheco and Jonjo Shelvey who hardly play in the first team.

"Asking them to come to Steaua and get a result against a team of their quality, that is why I was concerned.

"It was a big ask for those players to stand up to some of the pressure and deal with some of the quality football and I am delighted for them and we now top the group in the final game."

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