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Liverpool boss Rodgers relieved to grab Villa point

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers admits they were fortunate with their 2-2 draw against Aston Villa.

Trailing to goals from Andreas Weimann and Christian Benteke inside 36 minutes, Reds striker Daniel Sturridge pulled one back on the stroke of half-time.

The contentious penalty came just after the break when Luis Suarez was adjudged to have been brought down by goalkeeper Brad Guzan and Steven Gerrard equalised.

"I thought we should have had a penalty in the first half when (Leandro) Bacuna handles the ball," Rodgers said.

"The second I thought was a penalty. Luis has taken it up to the keeper and, once he has touched it around him, his body makes contact with Luis.

"Obviously from Paul's (Villa manager Lambert) perspective he will think it has been harsh."

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