Liverpool's poor start proved costly yesterday admitted Kenny Dalglish. The Reds were second best from the off, going a goal down after only six minutes and then being reduced to ten men after thirty. It only got worse from there, with Martin Skrtel following Charlie Adam in picking up a second yellow card and the nine-men Reds eventually lost 4-0. "We started the game short of the level we have been at recently," admitted the boss. "They started better than us and Modric scores a great goal to put them one in front. Then Daniel Agger gets injured in the process of trying to make the tackle, but it's a great finish. "That was the start of our downfall. We started poorly and they began better than us, despite the other incidents which are best left unanswered. We can look at ourselves and the start we had in the game because that dictated what was going to happen to us. "I think Tottenham started really well and played really well. It's best that we stick to what we can dictate the future of and that is playing football. We cannot legislate for results. "We also want to be respectful to Tottenham who played particularly well."