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Dalglish laments more Anfield disappointment

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish bemoaned his side’s poor finishing after their 1-0 loss to West Brom at Anfield on Sunday.

The Reds dominated the possession and chances but were hit by a second-half Peter Odemwingie sucker-punch following a Glen Johnson error.

And the Scot underlined that his side’s profligacy at Anfield is not a recent trend, comparing defeat to the Baggies to another wasteful performance.

“It’s not been one of those days, it’s been like that about seven or eight times here,” Dalglish told reporters.

“Even after we won the League Cup we came back and played Arsenal and were brilliant and lost.

“We got to the (FA Cup) final last week, beating Everton. (The players) came out today and were excellent again but they’ve lost the two games.”

The 60-year-old went on to insist that his side deserved more luck after seeing efforts come back off the post, yet again, along with several efforts cleared off the line.

He added: “I think you could go back over the old interviews and it was the same thing. Great credit to the players (in) that they continued to go and they made chance after chance.

“The woodwork again was not our best friend so it’s difficult to come in but they showed great resolve in the way they went about their work and because of that we had a lot of chances, a lot of attempts on goal but just couldn’t get a break.

“There’s not much else we can add to what we’ve said before many times after a game at Anfield. If we had a solution we would tell the players but we wouldn’t tell anyone else.

“There’s no need for us to change things we just need to change a bit of luck.

“It sounds repetitive and it’s not an excuse, we’re not running away from something. It’s not as if there’s something drastically wrong there that we can’t identify.

“It is just a piece of good fortune that they need.”

West Brom manager Roy Hodgson has revealed his satisfaction at ending the club’s 45-year winning drought at Anfield.

Odemwingie’s 75th-minute strike moves the Midlands side up to 10th in the table, only one point behind the Reds.

And the ex-Liverpool boss could not hide his delight at picking up three points against his former employers.

Hodgson told reporters: “The major satisfaction is winning at Anfield. With the team we have, with respect, I don’t think that most people expect us to come and win at Anfield.

“There is a gulf between the two teams not least in the amount of money that can be spent in assembling the team and getting the quality of players required.

“I thought it was a very determined effort from our players, they showed a lot of commitment and a lot of effort and we were grateful to a lot of blocks and saves from our goalkeeper.

“It’s always enjoyable to win even if you need a bit of luck on your side to achieve the win.

“45 years is a long time for a team like West Bromwich Albion not to get a result at Anfield, we know how difficult it is to get results here but 45 years is another hoodoo laid to rest.”

Sun 22 April, 2012
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