Jordan Henderson and his Liverpool team-mates were asked to begin the second-half like they finished the second by Jurgen Klopp.
The Reds battled back to earn a share of the spoils against Fulham at Craven Cottage.
The visitors were second best for periods of the first 45 and fell behind when Bobby De Cordova-Reid smashed his shot past Alisson.
Liverpool gradually came back into the contest and were urged to continue with their good work in the second period.
“[At half-time Jurgen Klopp said] We need to start the half like we finished the first half," Henderson said.
"A few of us weren’t happy with the start. We gave everything in the second half. Fulham made it difficult to create chances.
“When you can’t win, don’t lose. But I felt we were good enough to get the three points.”
Their dominance was rewarded late on as Mohamed Salah equalised from the spot.
But the Reds were unable to overturn their first-half deficit and return north with the three points.
And Henderson concedes that their slow start cost them as they failed to steal a march on their rivals.
“We didn’t get going until after the first 30 minutes," he added. "You can’t do that in the Premier League or you get punished – like we did.
“The good thing is we reacted well. We dominated and should have scored one or more two. I’m disappointed with the start, pleased with the reaction.
“We’ll have to look at it but it’s not like us.
“I don’t want to make excuses. I’ll let you talk about the amount of games teams are playing. We flew back from Denmark, prepared well.
"For whatever reason we didn’t start well. Maybe we could have won the game on another day."
Liverpool will host table toppers Tottenham in midweek before playing Crystal Palace next Saturday.
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