'Boro boss Gareth Southgate told Sky Sports: "I am immensely proud, it would be easy to highlight mistakes which led to the second goal but they have given absolutely everything.
"They have given a good account of themselves against one of the top teams in the country and I have said they have got to leave here with their heads held high."
He continued: "They have got to take belief after that performance as we pushed Liverpool all the way and we would have been disappointed to come off the field with a point the way the game went - we have to take the result on the chin and we will come back stronger."
"We have goalscorers in the team, we had to be organised defensively, and they have worked their socks off and stuck to their plan of keeping their shape as you can't go gung-ho at a place like Liverpool," he added.
"We need to learn form the last ten minutes but I am not going to be critical as they were fantastic."