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Scot believes onus was on hosts to make the running

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has declared himself pleased with his side's performance following their 0-0 draw with Sparta Prague in the Round of 32 Europa League clash in the Czech capital.

Neither side created many chances, with the visitors failing to get an attempt on target in the entire game but the Anfield outfit will surely have the upper hand ahead of the return leg on Merseyside next Thursday.

Dalglish fielded a makeshift side in what was his first European tie as Liverpool manager and admitted that the goalless draw was a fair result.

Speaking to Five, the Reds boss said: "Obviously it wasn't a classic, we came here and thought if we kept them to nil we'd be reasonably happy.

"The onus is on them to try and put us under a wee bit of pressure and they didn't really put us under pressure at the back or in possession, they didn't close up and most of the time it came from us but they had a couple of opportunities as well.

"On the night, 0-0 is fair enough really."

The Scot also spoke of the importance of providing first-team football for a number of his squad players during the clash at the Generali Arena.

He said: "We've got to remember that we've got a few players out injured and we've had a few players come in for this game. Soto [Kyrgiakos] has come in and done really well, David Ngog came in up front and did reasonably well. [There was] a few people that needed games.

"Danny Wilson came in, that was his first European tie for us as well so there's a lot of value to come out of the game. Obviously if we'd won the game we would have come out of it a lot happier but it was useful for us."

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