Rodgers had words of praise for the Brazilian's display and was satisfied with the level of performance throughout the team.
"The little guy has real magic in his boots - he's a wonderful technician," he told liverpoolfc.com. "But I think everyone admires his humility and how hard he works for the team. He always wants the ball and is prepared to put his body on the line to work and fight.
"I thought across the board we had a number of very good performers today. Jamie Carragher and Daniel Agger controlled Carlton Cole very well because he is a big threat. The two full-backs looked to get forward, join in and push their wingers back. The midfield had good control of the game and up front we created chances but just couldn't score.
"Across the board, it was a good team performance but we just lacked that goal that maybe could have led to one or two more."