Kenny calm despite missed chances
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish admits home draws are having a detrimental effect on the club's campaign but his overall view of their prospects has not changed.
Failure to score against Swansea on Saturday brought just a point for the Reds, their second in succession against a promoted side at Anfield after Norwich drew 1-1 a fortnight ago. Having also not taken advantage of good opportunities against Sunderland and Manchester United at home, the Reds have dropped eight points at home already this season.
"You are better drawing one, losing one and winning one because you get more points than three draws," admitted the Scot. "But my perspective has never changed. We look forward to the next game, take each one as it comes and eventually add up the points and see where we are. There is no difference."
It is not as if Dalglish's side have not been creating chances. Even against the Swans - whose own performance earned them many plaudits - they could have won comfortably. The tone was set when Andy Carroll blasted Stewart Downing's left-wing cross at the crossbar from six yards with less than 10 minutes on the clock.
They also found visiting goalkeeper Michel Vorm in great form, denying Luis Suarez with one low save in the first half before producing two brilliant efforts to keep out the Uruguay striker and a fierce Glen Johnson volley moments before the final whistle.
That aspect does not concern Dalglish as much as the way his team allowed themselves to be dominated and occasionally out-played by the Barclays Premier League newcomers.
"The most important thing is to create the chances and the next thing is to put them away," he added. "We go through this nearly after every game. We must be getting closer if the goalkeeper was tested because we have been missing the target.
"We just need to keep working on it and keep getting in there but we never got in there as much as we have done.
"It is more noticeable when you have chances and you walk off with just a point. It punishes you more. But it doesn't matter what your reward is, you have to find a better level than we did.
"If you don't do what you are good at you make it more difficult for yourself. But the problems that are there are problems that we can solve ourselves."