Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish admitted his side lacked the necessary creativity after they exited the Europa League with a goalless draw at home to Braga in the second leg of their last-16 encounter.
The Reds struggled to break down a team who employed every trick in the book to hold onto their one-goal advantage given to them by Alan's penalty in Portugal a week ago.
"You need to be really strong creatively if you are going to break down a very organised side or you need a bit of luck and we certainly have not had much fortune over two legs." said Dalglish.
"But I guess everyone says they should have more luck then they get. Like every other team in the world we could do with a bit more creativity but we are no different than anyone else."
Even a first start for £35million club record signing Andy Carroll could not help find a way through as Liverpool's hopes of qualifying for Europe next season were dented.
Dalglish added: "Over the two legs a penalty has separated the two teams. There wasn't much between either side. They were very well organised and we knew the responsibility was on us to break them down and score a goal.
"If Andy's header had gone in in the first half it could have been a different outcome but we never put anything past the goalkeeper."
Braga coach Domingos Paciencia made no apologies for the way his players celebrated at the final whistle after the club reached the quarter-finals for the first time in their history.
"We have reasons to be proud," he said. "We achieved a different level that we have never achieved before.
"I ask Liverpool supporters to appreciate the way we celebrated the way we did because this is a different level. Don't take things the wrong way for the way we celebrated. We are proud."
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