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Enrique rues Pool’s dropped points

LIVERPOOL defender Jose Enrique has warned the side cannot afford |to throw away points at home if they are intent on regaining their Champions League status.

Despite dominating and creating a plethora of chances the Reds were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield on Saturday by a Norwich side who grew in confidence.

Paul Lambert's team could not believe their luck as, in addition to hitting the woodwork three times, their hosts wasted numerous opportunities to put the result beyond doubt as early as the first half.

Liverpool have now dropped six points at home to Norwich, Sunderland and Manchester United in matches they could – and probably should – have won.

And while last week's 1-1 draw with United could have gone either way in the last 20 minutes there appeared to be only one likely winner from the outset yesterday.

Respect

A second successive home draw meant Liverpool lost ground on fourth-placed Newcastle.

“We all respect Norwich and they did really well,” said Enrique.

“But at home against teams like that we have to win if we want to be in the Champions League. I think we lose a lot of points like that.

“I think the best teams in the world and in this league will beat teams like that, with the greatest respect, especially at home because it is more difficult to play them away.

“We've dropped two points here. I hope we don't need these points in the future.”

Craig Bellamy struck on the |stroke of half-time against his |first professional club with a shot which deflected in off Marc Tierney to give the hosts a lead which should have been much more comfortable than it was.

On the hour, Canaries substitute Grant Holt rose to powerfully head home Anthony Pilkington's perfect delivery.