Seamus Coleman said Everton “created enough chances to win” and admitted the players were "hurting" after the Blues’ cruel Merseyside derby defeat.
Skipper Coleman, though, insists the team’s ambitious approach against their city rivals shows Everton are heading in the right direction under Marco Silva.
Manager Silva stressed before the match that his side would “play to win” against Liverpool, emphasising his desire for the Toffees to stamp their authority on the contest at Anfield.
His Everton side went on to deliver a performance with plenty of quality and attacking intent, carving out gilt-edged chances and passing with speed and purpose.
Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes came within fractions of giving the Blues the lead in a pulsating first half. The Reds enjoyed spells of pressure, too, but the second period saw Everton grow in stature as the minutes passed, with their composure on the ball particularly impressing.
As it was, the Reds would snatch a winner in added time as substitute Origi benefited from a huge stroke of luck. Virgil Van Dijk’s mis-hit shot looped in the air and hit the crossbar, allowing the striker the simplest of tasks to nod in.
Right-back Coleman confessed the Belgian’s strike “was difficult to take” but believes Everton's positive display demonstrates the progression made under boss Silva.
“We are bitterly disappointed,” the Irishman said. “It hurts us and it hurts the fans – it’s the supporters I feel sorry for today.
“We came here to play our game and create chances - and I think we created enough to win the game. We were hoping at least one of our chances would go in and we could start to control the game a bit better.
“The positives we can take... we came here, we played our game and could have scored goals. The manager wants us to play our game at all times.
“Liverpool are a top team and they’ve got some top players, but I don’t think we deserved it to end the way it did.
“Unfortunately, they got a bit of luck in the end and we go home very disappointed.”
Coleman says the strong spirit within the camp will serve Everton well as they strive to bounce back from the defeat. The 30-year-old spelt out the squad’s resolve to produce an instant response when they take on Newcastle United at Goodison Park on Wednesday night.
“We’re all in this together,” added Coleman. “We’ve got to dust ourselves down and it will hurt for a couple of days.
“It’s a team game. We’ve got a game against Newcastle soon and we will stick together and try to win as many matches as possible.”