Portsmouth boss Adams takes moral victory in Liverpool defeat

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez insists they were worth the three points after a scratchy 1-0 win over Portsmouth.

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez insists they were worth the three points after a scratchy 1-0 win over Portsmouth.

It took a penalty from Steven Gerrard 15 minutes from time to break the resistance of new boss Tony Adams' Portsmouth and secure a 1-0 win at Anfield.

Benitez said: "It took a long time, but we had to be patient. Maybe it took a penalty, but we'd had several chances before that and dominated the first period."

Liverpool have now stretched their unbeaten start to the season to 16 matches, while Adams will be bitterly disappointed he did not start his Premier League management career with a point, at least.

Adams, as Arsenal captain, once helped to strip the title from Liverpool's grasp on the last day of the 1988-89 season.

And his Portsmouth side made Liverpool fight all the way for a win that keeps them on top of the league and still unbeaten this season.

Tony Adams said: "I was very proud of the side, on another day we may well have come away from Anfield with a 1-0 win.

"We had a couple of great chances, but Liverpool are league leaders and a fantastic team and it is never easy at Anfield.

"Steven Gerrard is one of the best players in the world, but (Lassana) Diarra was exceptional against him. He kept Steven quiet and was still able to get on the ball and play really well to make us tick.

"It is hard to be pleased when we have lost 1-0, but for my first game I am pretty pleased with the performance.

"If they show that level of commitment to me, to themselves and the club we will not go far wrong."

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