Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson was not too disappointed with his team's display in Saturday's 2-0 defeat against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.
The Reds had been unbeaten in their previous six matches but were undone by goals from Ricardo Fuller and Kenwyne Jones.
"I'm sad a good run has come to an end," said Hodgson.
"It was always going to be a tough task and I knew we would be hard-pushed to win that battle but I thought we dealt well with the pressure reasonably well.
"Once they scored it was going to be an even further uphill battle.
"The first goal I am not disappointed in the manner of it because that is the manner of most goals here and that is what you have to defend against.
"For large periods of time I thought we defended it reasonably well but they got their reward from one of those.
"It would be a very unfair accusation that we lacked the mental strength or courage, as our defending from so many of the throws and set-plays proved.
"I thought today we stood up as well as we could be expected to considering the pressure we were under.
"I don't think the players threw the towel in and never looked like throwing the towel in."