Kenny Dalglish believes Liverpool's sluggish start against Tottenham was the overriding factor behind Sunday's 4-0 defeat at White Hart Lane.
Spurs took the lead after just six minutes, when Luka Modric fired Harry Redknapp's side in front, and the Reds task of getting back into the game was made all the more difficult when Charlie Adam was dismissed for a second yellow card just before the half hour mark.
Martin Skrtel also saw red early in the second half, leaving Liverpool to play the final 30 minutes with just nine men, and Tottenham made the advantage count with goals from Jermaine Defoe, and two from Emmanuel Adebayor.
"All we can do is try to improve what is within our scope," Dalglish told Sky Sports after the game. "I thought Tottenham started better than we did, I thought they played very well. We never reached the level that we are capable of.
"We gave ourselves a difficult start because we never started properly and if you don't do that and go a goal down then you are going to be in a bit of trouble because Tottenham are a good side."
Dalglish was reluctant to pass comment on the incidents that arguably added to the Reds’ downfall and insisted the squad would not dwell on the result, as they look ahead to Wednesday’s Carling Cup tie at Brighton.
"There will be a lot of controversy and a lot of comments made about what happened during the game," he continued. "I think we will just leave it.
"For us, it's been a bad day on the football side. It's a horrible result. Probably the best performance from anyone at the football club was the fans."