Liverpool exited the Europa League with a whimper after a goalless draw at home to Braga, dealing a blow to their hopes of returning to the competition next season.
Trailing 1-0 from the first leg of their last-16 tie even a first start for record signing Andy Carroll could not turn things around as the visitors employed every trick in the book to hang on to their advantage.
The Reds have not failed to qualify for Europe since 1999 but having lost the chance of entering as defending Europa League champions they must now look to their league form.
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