Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers felt his young players coped well with the physical challenge posed by Stoke in the 0-0 draw at Anfield.
Both sides exchanged crunching challenges in an eagerly contested match, but the Reds were forced to settle for a share of the points after hitting the woodwork three times.
When asked if Stoke's tackling had crossed the line, Rodgers said: "No - they are a bunch of big men who make it difficult for you and there is no right or wrong way to play football. What I was proud of is our young guys stood up to that.
"It was a physical game today but no complaints from us. I thought maybe the referee didn't see it that way and didn't give some decisions he should have done.
"I am obviously disappointed we didn't win the game but I thought the attitude and application of the players was terrific.
"As the game wore on we got into good areas but it was just that final touch, that final decision at the end of it didn't allow us to score.
"There were a lot of real positives from the game and our first clean sheet which is important. We had so much dominance, particularly second half, so I was pleased with how we kept going."
Stoke boss Tony Pulis accused Reds striker Luis Suarez of a blatant dive in the box, but Rodgers said: "I haven't seen the incident so I can't really comment on it but whatever Luis does there will always be a problem, whether it's media, referees or whatever.
"It gets brought up every week, it's something that is not new."