Tuesday 20 March 2018

Dalglish searching for goals

KENNY Dalglish has said Liverpool have the players at their disposal to end the shocking goal shortage that has undermined the Reds' top four ambitions.

Dalglish believes the problem can be rectified by the current squad.

"With what we have got here, we have got to put the finishing touches to the good work that we have done," said the Scot.

"Whoever comes up with the solution -- whether it is a centre-back getting 20 goals a season -- I'm not really bothered. We just need to find a solution.

"We need a bit of good fortune that we all hope to get. It's a wee bit ironic the number of penalties that we have missed (six, excluding shootouts) and yet we end up winning the Carling Cup on penalties."

Liverpool's performance level has undoubtedly improved this term yet it highlights their weakness in front of goal that, after only two wins in the past 10 league games, Dalglish's team are only one point better off and one place worse off than at the corresponding stage of last season.

"A point is a point, isn't it? The return we've had is not a true reflection of the way we've played at Anfield. We've been delighted with the way we've played but disappointed with some of the results we've got because they haven't always reflected, in any way, shape or form, the performances.

"The points we've got is the points we've got but I'll tell you what else doesn't lie -- sixth round of the FA Cup and Carling Cup winners. We're a better, stronger squad than what we were as well. We're better off now than what we were last year."

Meanwhile, Dalglish has praised the level of commitment Martin O'Neill has instilled in his players ahead of this afternoon's crucial clash with Sunderland.

Seventh-placed Liverpool face Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, where the Black Cats have lost just once in the Premier League since Martin O'Neill took over in early December.

Dalglish recognises the impact O'Neill has had -- even if they have taken only a point from their last three matches -- without the need for changes to his squad.

"It was a surprise to see Steve Bruce get the sack but results were not impressive and it puts everyone under pressure," he said. "They've done very well since he (O'Neill) went in there and made themselves very difficult to beat."

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