Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish found one positive note in the heartbreaking loss to Braga last night – Andy Carroll’s promising debut.
"He stayed on longer than we hoped he'd have to stay on. Necessity meant he had to stay on the pitch because we needed to score a goal,” Dalglish told the official Liverpool website.
Unfortunately there was to be no such goal for Carroll or Liverpool, with the Reds drawing 0-0 and losing 1-0 on aggregate to Braga, a defeat which knocks them out of the Europa League.
Dalglish was full of praise for £35 million man Carroll though, and believes Liverpool will understand how to work with the up and coming star as time goes on.
"He has tremendous assets and we need to learn how to get the best out of him. We've also got assets that he has to learn so he can get the best from us.
"Overall we are pleased to see him back on the pitch. We weren't disappointed with his contribution in any way.
"He was a bit unfortunate he didn't score a goal. He had a header in the first half that was just wide and in the second half another one where Dirk Kuyt got in the way.
While the rest of the Liverpool squad are said to be disappointed with their European efforts, Dalglish has a different set of advice for how Carroll should feel.
"It was his first start and he can be very pleased with how he played,” the manager said.