Kenny Dalglish believes the first 60 minutes cost Liverpool the FA Cup Final and says valuable lessons have been learned this season.
The Reds fell two goals behind as Chelsea took a grip through Ramires and Didier Drogba and although they pulled one back through Andy Carroll, try as they might they could not level matters.
Dalglish admits that Carroll changed the game and says they only looked a threat when the striker came on in the second half.
"We were excellent for the last half hour, but the game lasts for 90 minutes," Dalglish said after the game. "You can't give a team like Chelsea a two-goal head start.
"It's credit to our lads that they went close to an equaliser after Andy scored, but they had left themselves too much to do.
"I don't think the first hour was a reflection of the quality of the players we had out there but I don't know if that's was down to inexperience."
Meanwhile, even though he was disappointed with the defeat and a disappointing league campaign, Dalglish says a lot can be learnt from their performances this season.
"Whether there were [any new players joining the club] wasn't going to be dictated by today's result," he said.
"These players will get better and benefit from this experience - they've been in two cup finals in this season.
"They'll have enjoyed the first one more than the second but they'll know what it takes to get some enjoyment."