Brendan Rodgers says Liverpool gave it everything over the two legs of their Capital One Cup semi final against Chelsea.
The Reds missed out on a trip to Wembley after going down to a 1-0 defeat following extra time at Stamford Bridge.
Rodgers reckons his side deserved more over the two legs, and says he was proud of the performances given by his players against the current Premier League leaders.
“I think we were the better side over the two games, but ultimately you’ve got to get the place in the final,” the boss said after the final whistle in west London.
“I think the goalkeeper for them has won them the tie really. Performance-wise, we were outstanding. Again tonight, some of our play was very good and we created chances.
“There weren’t going to be many chances in the game for both sides, but certainly in the first half we created enough to maybe get a couple of goals.
“But their ‘keeper made some very good saves and ultimately, I think, has won them the tie.
“I sit here with pride. There’s disappointment we haven’t got through, but Chelsea arrived at the top of their game when they came to Anfield last week and we were outstanding and should have won that game.
“Tonight we were very, very good again. The learning for us is to make the next step – you saw a lot of young players out there working, and now we’ve got to make the next step and try to go on and win a trophy.”