"The smile's not come off my face. It's been a long time. I'm really disappointed I've not been able to win more derbies," he said.
"We play against a really good football club but it's not been because of a lack of effort.
"In the past we've probably lacked the quality to match Liverpool. I don't think we do now.
"We've got players of real quality who could play for the big clubs.
"Whoever scored the first goal was going to be really important and I think we always looked more likely in the first 20-25 minutes.
"I was delighted to get in front because both teams have not been scoring that freely."