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Danny Murphy was left to reflect on the thin line between success and failure as his return to Anfield ended in defeat.

Danny Murphy was left to reflect on the thin line between success and failure as his return to Anfield ended in defeat.

The midfield man enjoyed seven successful years with Liverpool and even had the Kop chanting his name when he was replaced with just over ten minutes remaining.

Nevertheless, Danny would have preferred to have left the pitch with us in a better position than the two-goal deficit we had found ourselves in, having felt we had matched the 2005 Champions League winners for over an hour of play, until Mark Gonzalez broke the deadlock.

“It was great to be back at Anfield and I was delighted with the reception I got but really disappointed with the result because at half-time we really thought we could get something from the game," he said.

“People talk about thin lines between success and failure and the minute between JJ’s chance and their goal showed it. We could have been 1-0 up with half an hour to play and it gives you something to hold on to and fight for, but instead moments later we are 1-0 down with a mountain to climb.

“Then of course as the game went on we got stretched and we ended up getting beat 3-0, which is a little bit unfair I think. Even one or two of their boys said after that it wasn’t a 3-0 game.

“Liverpool are a good side and we knew that, and if you don’t take your chances then you are going to get punished and at the moment we can’t seem to find the goal.

“I think Liverpool gained some confidence after they scored the first goal, because while it was 0-0 their fans seemed to be getting a bit edgy and a bit frustrated. I thought the way we knocked the ball about first half we didn’t look like a side short on confidence. If one of our chances goes in then it is a different game.”

Danny was regarded as one of our better players on Saturday, and has now featured in our last three league games. However, he admits he would swap personal gain for team points at present.

“It’s always nice to play reasonably well because I am trying to establish myself in the team but I’d rather have an average performance and get a result because at the moment we need one," he added.

“Of course it is unfortunate that we have had injuries which may have given me my opportunity but that is football and now I have to take it.

“I am trying to show the gaffer that I am worthy of a regular place. I think in today’s game it is a bit naive to think you can play every single game because of the amount of games and the amount of players we have in our squad but I am really enjoying it.

“Results could be better but my confidence and fitness are both getting better by the week. There is a good set of lads here and the gaffer as well. He has always said to me to bide my time, stay positive and work hard in training.

“We have a quality squad with quality players even if we are missing good players like Aaron Lennon and Steed Malbranque, people who can add that bit of something different, but we have still got enough quality to get results and we are not so we only have ourselves to blame."