"It will take time until Liverpool start playing the way Swansea did last season (tactically)," he said. "Actually the way you play depends on the players you have.
"As for today I saw two things which were very important for me, I saw desire and commitment. I am very grateful to my players for a good game.
"Obviously it was a serious test of the players' fitness and I am really happy with the result.
"This was my first competitive game in charge of
However his first match at the helm did not go all Liverpool's way. The host, which is halfway through its domestic campaign, dominated the majority of the game and were it not for poor finishing would have emerged victorious.
Rodgers continued: "This game was a great test for us at this point of the season. Today we saw that Gomel is a very good club which is already into the season.
"Their tactical idea was to defend and counter-attack so it was difficult for us to find the open spaces in the first half but at half-time I told my players to be patient and that the chances would come.
"After the first 45 minutes I also changed the structure of the midfield and
"I am glad that Stewart scored the goal as we put him on that side to come in and shoot. It was a great shot."
On the other flank,
"The substitution of Glen was planned and as for Joe the injury is not serious and more of a precaution," the 39-year-old added.
Gomel boss Oleg Kubarev felt the result did not reflect the game.
"I hope that we gave our city and our fans a great day," he said. "It is a pity that we lost. The team played well and at least deserved a draw.
"We are very upset but we can prepare for the next game even better and we are going there to give a fight."
UEFA Europa League
Malaga has been able to reduce its suspension from competing in European competitions to one year.