Kenny Dalglish left to rue Liverpool’s missed chances

Reds boss Kenny Dalglish felt Liverpool should have beaten Norwich City at Anfield on Saturday

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles
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Kenny Dalglish was frustrated by Liverpool’s inability to convert their chances against Norwich City after they were held to a 1-1 draw by the promoted side at Anfield.

The Reds took the lead just before half-time when Craig Bellamy opened the scoring. However, Norwich hit back after the interval through substitute Grant Holt, who headed past Pepe Reina to level the game.

And Dalglish felt the Reds created enough chances to claim three points. “I think on the balance of the game we deserved to take three points from it,” he said.

“We played really well up to a point, created an awful lot of chances and there was some great passing and moving.

“But when you are only one goal in front it gives them a bit of encouragement. They were hanging on in there. If we don’t convert our chances we’re always going to give the opposition a chance. They took it.

“Even then we came back and the goalkeeper has made a fantastic save from Luis [Suárez] late on and big Andy [Carroll] almost scored with a header as well.”

The Liverpool manager admitted there was a sense of a missed opportunity in the dressing room after the game, adding that his side must keep carving opportunities and the goals will eventually follow.

“We’re disappointed but I am sure we’ll play a lot worse than that and win matches,” he added.

“You work to get the chances on the day. It’s difficult to assess how you’re going to react when you get the chances, but hitting the post three or four times as well doesn’t help.

“But if we keep creating the chances, we’ve got enough people there who can finish them.”

In the second half Liverpool had a penalty claim turned down after Charlie Adam collided with Leon Barnett in the penalty area while Suárez went down under a challenge from Marc Tierney just outside Norwich’s box but referee Peter Walton waved play-on.

Dalglish believes the Adam incident was not a penalty but leaped to the defence of Suárez after Sir Alex Ferguson claimed last week that the Uruguayan goes down too easily.

“It certainly wasn’t a free-kick against Charlie, but I don’t know if it was a penalty,” said Dalglish.

“I honestly haven’t seen it [the Suárez incident]. There are people questioning Luis Suárez’s integrity, but it’s their integrity that needs questioning – not his.

“On the football pitch he is exemplary, a fantastic footballer and we’ve got 100 per cent faith in Luis Suárez and the way he conducts himself.”

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