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Porto coach Sergio Conceicao on Liverpool thrashing: I'm responsible

Porto coach Sergio Conceicao says he's "responsible" for last night's thrashing by Liverpool.

Liverpool fired five goals past Porto in Portugal last night for the first-leg of their Champions League round 16 game.

Conceicao said: "The fans know, I think everyone knows, that this team was made within a difficult situation and it was in this difficulty that a strong and competitive team was born.

"I am absolutely certain that in Liverpool we will give a different answer.

"I swear I have not seen the statistics yet, but I believe that in six, seven shots we'd have scored five goals and scored in key moments.

"It was a less good day for some players and also for the coach of course. I am the first responsible."

He added: "The goal is the championship, but that does not mean that we did not want to win, nor is it an excuse for this result, we have focused on the championship, but we wanted to go as far as possible in this event."

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