Jamie Carragher´s cold assessment of Liverpool´s failure in Athens was brutally clear: "We were just not good enough."

Anfield´s lion-hearted defender saw AC Milan grab their opener from a free-kick deflected past Jose Reina by Filippo Inzaghi´s arm, before a late break through the Reds´ defence by the same striker as Liverpool were pressing desperately for an equaliser.

Dirk Kuyt´s late effort was not enough to haul the final into extra-time, and Carragher said: "The honest truth is that we were not good enough. There´s no point making excuses, Milan just about deserved it. But nobody remembers the runners-up, we know we did not do enough."

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