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Fulham held Liverpool at bay until late on at Anfield, but were eventually breached and ended up losing 2-0.

Cottagers boss Lawrie Sanchez said: ‘I felt we were heading for a point, and so I think did 43,000 other people.

‘I felt we had kept them quiet, restricted them to shots from outside the box in the first half.

“I thought we pretty much contained them in the second half as well but the problem was we thought we had coped so well we could go on and nick it.

Then they brought on three substitutes. One at £25m, one at £11m and one at £5m. I think there should be cap on the price of players you can bring on, maybe no more than £20m of players.’

I actually felt that Torres mishit his final shot, and that is what confused Hughes and Niemi. It was a soft goal in the end to concede.

‘As for the penalty, I don’t believe it was in the box, it wasn’t a penalty.

Carlos Bocanegra was adjudged by referee Tanner to have tripped Peter Crouch, and Steven Gerrard dispatched the resulting penalty.

Afterwards, Fulham boss Lawrie Sanchez was highly critical of Tanner, insisting the foul had been committed outside the area.

“We’re disappointed. The lads are devastated.

But Sanchez did admit that although his side had fought bravely, Liverpool’s dominance proved to be the deciding factor.

“I thought we did very well,” he added. “We’re not quite at the stage in our development where we can come here and win.

“We were throwing people forward and they got into a situation where they scored.

“We were under the cosh for long periods of the game, let’s not make any bones about it. They’re a decent side and they’ll put a lot of teams to the sword.””But overall I’m pleased with the performance. When you come to a place like this you know they can go away from teams but we stayed with them until the end.”