Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish says everyone at the club can’t help but feel frustrated after crashing out of the Europa League tonight, but gave credit to Braga who progress in the competition.
The Reds’ dreams of silverwear this season were shattered as they were held 0-0 at Anfield, unable to turn over the 1-0 defecit they took into the game from last week’s first leg.
It was a performance to forget, with little firepower and no pace, but Dalglish said there was little between the two sides over the tie.
He told the press after the game, “Over the two legs it was a penalty kick that decided it. That’s about right. There was not much between either side.
“They were very well organised and we knew before the game that the responsibility was on us to score a goal. Maybe if Andy Carroll’s header goes in during the first half it would have been a different outcome.
“As I say, the fact the goal that decided the tie came from a penalty kick is a reflection of how tight it was between the two teams.”
The draw tonight looks to be Liverpool’s last game in Europe for a while, unless a late flurry of form in the league can push the Reds up to fifth before the campaign ends.
Dalglish added, “I don’t know if it will be a help not being in the Europa League.
“It was an option for us to get back into Europe next year if we’d won it. We know that in every league game we will have to try and get as much as we possibly can. We were going to do that anyway, so I don’t know if it will be a blessing or not.”
“You only get in Europe if you win games. If you win enough games and get enough points we will get in Europe.”