The disappointment in the Liverpool dressing room following their 1-1 draw with Manchester United is an illustration of how far the Reds have come since the appointment of Kenny Dalglish in January.
A Steven Gerrard free-kick looked to have given Liverpool a priceless victory over their North West rivals at Anfield, before second-half substitute Javier Hernandez rescued a point with a late header for the Red Devils.
Dalglish admitted his players will need picking up having been denied victory in their latest Barclays Premier League encounter, but remained upbeat about the team's performance.
"We could have had the three points, I think it was pretty even and pretty sterile at the beginning of the match," he confirmed. "Their goalkeeper made two fantastic saves and we had a chance right at the end which was a fraction too high for Jordan [Henderson] to get proper contact on it.
"It's a real indication of how far we've come when we come into the dressing room and the boys are disappointed that they've drawn 1-1 with Manchester United."
The manner of the performance epitomised the progress made under the stewardship of 'King' Kenny, as Liverpool more than held their own against the reigning Barclays Premier League champions, but that didn't stop the players from feeling aggrieved not to have recorded a win.
"We're delighted that they're disappointed," Dalglish continued. "We'd have been happier if we'd got the three points but the attitude, even when United equalised when we came back and went for the three points, was admirable.
"The only thing that was missing today was walking away with three points."
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