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Dalglish defends Reds performance

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish insists there is "nothing drastically wrong" despite another performance which drew a blank and resulted in yet more dropped points at home.

Sunday's 1-0 defeat to West Brom, courtesy of Peter Odemwingie's 75th-minute goal completely against the run of play, was not one of those occasions where the Reds ran out of ideas against doughty opponents. The Baggies survived a barrage, particularly in the second half, as Dalglish's side had 28 shots - 12 on target - but failed to find the net.

The Scot said: "You don't create the opportunities we created and the panic we created if we are not doing something right. But it is hard and it is great credit to the players they keep persevering and pushing on."

This time it was a combination of goalkeeper Ben Foster, some last-ditch defending and the frame of the goal (twice) which was the source of frustration. Dalglish has run out of answers to explain why his team have scored just 20 times in 17 home games and dropped 27 points at Anfield this season.

He continued: "We are not trying to say we are happy with what has gone on but there is nothing drastically wrong with what we have done - we have just not got the points we have deserved. You can say the result was not right but you cannot say it was a bad performance.

"It may sound repetitive but it is pretty accurate. We wouldn't use it as an excuse. We just have to keep going, take another blow on the chin and come out again."

This was probably the most one-sided of all Liverpool's home matches this season, and Dalglish and his players can feel rightly aggrieved at their failure to win.

However, their lack of a killer instinct up front is by no means a one-off, and for every dominant display against West Brom there have been many more less effective games against the likes of Sunderland, Stoke, Swansea, Norwich and Aston Villa - and they are just some of the drawn games.

"Pepe (Jose Reina) had two good saves in the first half but after that we were almost camped in their half until they scored," said Dalglish.

"All they need is a bit of luck. They say it evens itself out so I hope I am here when it does even itself out."

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