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Liverpool close in on new away day record

By Carl Markham

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has asked his players to start making their good performances pay by putting more points on the board.

Last weekend's 1-1 draw at home to Manchester City could easily have ended with the Premier League leaders' first defeat of the season.

It turned out to be a fourth successive draw at Anfield, where they have taken just 11 points from seven matches.

Away from home the story is slightly different as they have won four and lost two in the league, with three successive victories on the road, and overall it is even better as they have six in a row in all competitions.

They head to Fulham tonight knowing another win would equal a club record of seven set between December 1981 and February 1982 and again in January and March 1988.

And while many felt Liverpool deserved credit for their point against City a week ago Dalglish does not see it like that.

“We are never going to be happy with a draw against anyone, we are happy with wins,” said the Scot. “We were delighted with the way we played but I think we set our standards a little bit higher than drawing against people.

“I think we deserve better than that, I think we are better than that, and it's up to us to stand up and be counted and start winning games.

“We've done fantastically well and in most of the games we've played at home I think we should have come away with three points. To their (the players') credit their performances have been top notch.”

Last May the trip to Craven Cottage resulted in a 5-2 victory with Maxi Rodriguez scoring a hat-trick and Dalglish is confident his side can maintain an unbeaten run which now stands at 11 matches.

“We know it's going to be a very difficult game. We also know we went there and won 5-2 last year but we got our reward for that by getting three points,” he added.

“We'll only get what we deserve from the game and the effort we put in on Monday night.

“Everything that comes out in a game is a reflection of what you've done in the lead up to it, whether it's two or three days or two or three months.”

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