Watford's head of academy, Barry Quin has said there is no shame in losing to Liverpool after the Hornets were beaten 2-1 in the FA Youth Cup semi-final.

Quin watched on as the Hornets were just beaten at Anfield by a strike force with more than 55 goals between them and after the game said he was proud of his players.

"The boys will be down but I don’t expect them to be down for too long," he said.

"I’m going to go and tell them how proud I am of the effort they’ve made.

"I’m not only proud of the team themselves on the pitch, I’m proud of the team behind the team on the pitch.

"The staff have really stepped up to the mark so I’m proud on both aspects really. There's no shame on our part at all."

An early mistake allowed Liverpool the chance to score an opening goal, before they doubled their advantage not long after.

It was a lead that Watford failed to overcome sending them out of the competition at the penultimate stage.

However, Quin was focused on the positives for the Hornets' players after an experience that will surely live long in their memories, particularly for Ryan Cassidy, the Liverpool supporting striker who scored for Watford at the Kop end.

He said: "This is an experience they’ll never forget, whether it’s their first of many or their one and only visit to Anfield.

"It's a hell of a thing to score at the Kop and he deserved it, he worked his socks off.

"We did compete in huge parts in that game, but it didn’t help that we made a mistake early doors.

"I think if we had played as well as we have in earlier rounds then we would have given them more of a game, so it's disappointing but not for the effort."