Belfast Telegraph

Monday 20 October 2014

Dalglish: Luck has deserted us

Kenny Dalglish

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish feels his side are having a run of bad luck at the moment but believes performances are improving despite their 2-1 defeat at Blackpool.

Fernando Torres had given his side the ideal start by firing home in only the third minute but Gary Taylor-Fletcher equalised soon after and DJ Campbell struck the winner with 21 minutes to go as the Seasiders completed a Barclays Premier League double over the Reds.

"It's all very well being a decent side but every side which has been successful and has ever done anything needs that bit of luck. At the moment that has turned against us but the longer we stick in and the less sorry we feel for ourselves the better chance we will have of correcting it," said Dalglish.

The defeat to Blackpool came on the back of an FA Cup exit to Manchester United which involved a disputed penalty and a sending-off for captain Steven Gerrard.

"We are disappointed we have come away from the game with no points," said Dalglish. "We got off to a good start; a couple of good passes and Fernando got in and finished really well.

"Their first goal we were on the verge of breaking clear, misplaced a pass and they turned it around, went up the pitch and got a break of the ball off Daniel Agger before their lad finished well.

"If we had just laid the pass off and collected it and gone up the other end of the pitch we would have walked it in for 2-0 and so if there was a turning point that would be it. The second goal we cleared the corner quite sufficiently and then it has come back in and we've not picked up."

Despite back-to-back defeats, Dalglish has been heartened by what he has seen in his two matches in charge.

"It was pleasing to see their commitment and effort when you consider a lot of them played against United for an hour with 10 men," he added.

"We had some good positives but the most positive thing that is going to help the players most of all is to pick up some wins."

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