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Enrique can't understand lack of goals

Liverpool defender Jose Enrique is finding it difficult to comprehend why a team with "amazing" players up front has struggled so much in front of goal this season.

A return of just 37 goals in 32 league matches tells its own story of why the club have failed to make a challenge for the top four.

"We have some amazing players up front and I don't know what has happened this season but we haven't had any luck in this respect," Enrique said.

The likes of Fulham, West Brom and even Blackburn, third from bottom of the table, have all scored more this season.

It is not for the want of trying, having hit the woodwork 28 times, but for some reason things have not clicked up front.

Liverpool's leading scorer Luis Suarez has been denied by the frame of the goal on eight occasions - the highest individual tally in the Premier League - and matches the number of league goals he has scored.

Of their other forwards, Craig Bellamy has six, Andy Carroll three, Dirk Kuyt two while Stewart Downing has yet to hit the target in the league.

On Saturday Suarez scored a late equaliser against Aston Villa but that game was another story of inspired goalkeeping and poor chance conversion.

Tuesday's match at Ewood Park is the last chance for the players to impress Dalglish ahead of a Wembley FA Cup semi-final against Everton at the weekend.

"We have to go to Blackburn, try to win and try to get confidence for the semi-final," he said.

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