Carra proud of battling Reds

Liverpool defender looking to future after Stamford Bridge loss

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has spoken of his pride at his team-mates' display against Chelsea on Wednesday night.

Rafa Benitez's Liverpool exited this season's UEFA Champions League as Chelsea ran out 3-2 victors on a thrilling evening at Stamford Bridge.

A brace from Didier Drogba and an extra-time penalty from Frank Lampard brought an end to The Reds' hunt for silverware this season.

But Carragher believes Liverpool can draw heart from their performance, and is hopeful that the club's future is bright.

Move on

"We knew it was going to be tough, and we are disappointed," he told Sky Sports News.

"It is a great achievement by Chelsea, good luck to them in the final. As I said, we are disappointed but we have just got to accept it and move on.

"We have got to be proud of the way we acted and performed. That bodes well for the future, hopefully."

Liverpool had appeals for a penalty waved away by referee Roberto Rosetti after Sami Hyypia went down under a challenge from Didier Drogba in extra-time with the scoreline at 3-1.

Hyypia penalty

Carragher felt his side were unlucky not to be awarded the spot-kick, but is refusing to dwell on what might have been.

"I think their one (which Lampard dispatched on 98 minutes after Hyypia felled Michael Ballack) was a penalty. I also think our one was too," Carragher continued.

"The referee put the whistle to his mouth, but maybe we didn't appeal enough. But it is gone now. We are out. There is no point moaning about it now."