Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits his side were beaten by the better team as the Reds were denied a place in the FA Cup final by a resurgent Aston Villa.
Villa came from behind to win 2-1 at Wembley as strikes from Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph cancelled out Philippe Coutinho's opener.
Liverpool entered the contest as strong favourites, leading their opponents by 25 points in the Barclays Premier League, but Villa deserved their victory after a dynamic and dominant display.
"We're obviously bitterly disappointed but more with the performance,"
"You can always lose a game but you need to play well and give yourself an opportunity.
"We had some chances but I thought they were better than us today to be honest."
"Sometimes you can want to win too much. The focus comes away from what allows you to win."
The FA Cup final, which comes on Gerrard's 35th birthday, would have been the midfielder's last game in a Reds shirt before he leaves for America and LA Galaxy in the summer.
Liverpool fans told Granada of their disappointment in their teams FA Cup defeat at the hands of Aston Villa yesterday.
Particularly stinging was Mario Balotelli equalising goal wrongly disallowed for offside.
The Reds lost 2-1 at their Wembley semi-final.
Liverpool travel to Ewood Park to take on Blackburn for their quarter final replay, this evening.
The last time they met at Anfield they drew NIL - NIL.
Gary Bowyer’s team have already enjoyed FA Cup wins at Ewood Park against Premier League teams this season with Swansea City and Stoke City coming unstuck in east Lancashire.
The winner will head to Wembley for the semi-finals.
Police are investigating a racist tweet against the former Manchester United footballer Danny Welbeck.
He now plays for Arsenal and scored the winning goal in the FA cup game at Old Trafford last night.
Greater Manchester Police say they're aware of the tweet and have begun an inquiry.
It's also been reported that Welbeck has received death threats.
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