“To come away just one goal behind after the first-half performance is very fortunate,” said Dalglish. “While they didn’t create a lot of chances, we created most of our own problems ourselves and when you play as badly as that you are fortunate to lose only 1-0.”
Couldn’t have been more plain spoken. No excuses. No blaming the referee or the pitch.
Braga’s Brazilians made sure that Liverpool never gained a foothold in the first half. Alan converted a spot kick after Mossaro was brought down by Sotirios Kyrgiakos.
Things improved when Andy Carroll was introduced but the Merseyside club ran out of time.