MADRID (AFP) Liverpool coach Rafael Benitez said he was not too worried at Thursdays 1-0 loss at Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the Europa League semi-final and pointed out that Liverpool were capable of turning it on at Anfield to reach the May 12 final in Hamburg. A Diego Forlan goal after nine minutes sealed victory for Atletico to give the Spaniards a slight advantage in the tie but Benitez believes a full house at Anfield in the second leg on April 29 can prove the difference. It is half-time and the second game is at Anfield so we are hopeful, said Benitez. Anfield is massive and the fans are behind us and we know we can beat anyone at home. Benitez had stressed the importance of an away goal before the match and admitted he was disappointed that Youssi Benayouns goal on 17 minutes did not count feeling it should not have been ruled out for offside. I am disappointed because we conceded a goal, a strange goal, and we always want to score which we didnt, continued Benitez. We had two or three chances and so did they. The Benayoun goal looked onside and people tell me it was. There were two or things we didnt like but we cant change that. A gruelling 24-hour journey including three trains and a flight had disrupted Liverpools preparations but their manager played down suggestions the trip was responsible for a below-par performance. I dont think tiredness played a part. We worked hard and that is the main thing, added the former Valencia coach. Goalkeeper Pepe Reina, whose father used to play in goal for Atletico, produced three fine saves to keep the score at 1-0 and leave the tie evenly-balanced for the return leg at Anfield in a weeks time. The team didnt play well at all early on, said Reina. We knew Atletico were going to push at the beginning and they are a srong team at the Calderon. We settled down after 20 minutes and were better we cant be happy because we lost. However, it could have been worse and it was important keep tie alive because there is still another long 90 minutes at Anfield to come. Goalscorer Forlan admitted the tie was far from finished and predicted a difficult 90 minutes at Anfield. It is a good result but we have another 90 minutes at Anfield where they are very strong, said Forlan. There is a long way to go to the final. Liverpool must pick themselves up from the Atletico defeat as they travel to Burnley on Sunday trying to salvage a disappointing campaign by finishing in the top four and winning the Europa League. At present Liverpool lie down in seventh five points off fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur having played one game more. Atletico are 10th in their domestic league with a Kings Cup and Europa League cup double their hope of rescuing a dismal league campaign. Fulham earn draw in Hamburg Fulham will take a slight advantage into next weeks Europa League semi-final, second-leg at home to Hamburg having earned a 0-0 draw in the Hanseatic City in Thursdays first leg. Hamburg will host the final on May 12 at the HSH Nordbank Arena, but could not make home advantage count in the first leg despite several clear chances to take the lead. With their chances of winning the Bundesliga title effectively ended by a shock 1-0 defeat at home to Mainz last weekend, Bruno Labbadia-coached Hamburg are concentrating on the Europa League, but still have it all to do in London next Thursday. We will always have the chance to score a goal, while our opponents will need to score two. We had our chances here, we just couldnt take them. Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer played down the effects of his sides taxing 27 hour road trip to get to the match, saying: The trip was well documented, and we were a bit tired in the legs, but in the end its a good performance. Weve done fantastically well to limit them to so few chances and its a really admirable performance that gives us hope for the return leg. The hosts laid seige to the Fulham goal in the second-half with three clear chances in three minutes with a quarter of the match left to play, but to no avail. Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy and midfielder Jonathan Pitroipa both went close, but Hamburgs attack was constantly frustrated by Fulhams Australian goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer. In the end, the stats show Hamburg had five clear chances on goals, while Fulham failed to create a single threatening chance and won the corner count 7-1, but the hosts could not make the numerical advantage count. Hamburg striker Mladen Petric came off the bench with 20 minutes left having struggled with a groin strain, but even the presence of the Croatian hot-shot could not forge the vital goal. With time running out, Germany winger Piotr Trochowski earned himself a yellow card which will see him suspended for next weeks second leg. Hamburg will not fancy going back to Fulhams Craven Cottage where Roy Hodgsons Fulham have produced one of the tournaments biggest upsets. Fulham pulled off one of the most stunning fight backs in European football history when they turned a 3-1 deficit from the first leg into a 4-1 win at home to go through 5-4 on aggregate in the last 16 against Juventus. They then beat defending German league champions Wolfsburg in the quarter-finals to set up the semi-final clash which stands between Hamburg and their dream final.