Kenny Dalglish warns Liverpool over wasted chances
Reds boss tells his side to concentrate on putting away more of their goalscoring chances after Norwich draw
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has warned his players they must be more clinical in front of goal ahead of their Carling Cup trip to Stoke City on Wednesday.
The Reds were held to their second successive Premier League draw at Anfield by Norwich City on Saturday – and although Dalglish was generally pleased the display, he has called on his side to focus on putting away more of their goalscoring opportunities.
“If we can create that many chances, or half that many chances, in a lot of games we’ll score four or five,” said Dalglish.
“But it’s all very well and good creating the chances, we’ve got to make the goalkeeper work a little bit harder as well.”
Dalglish was happy with his team’s attitude during the draw – but he hopes the disappointment of dropping points at home will serve as a motivating factor in future games.
“[The players] are not going to get into the habit of accepting a 1-1 draw at home, and they also won’t accept not working the goalkeeper harder than what we did on Saturday when we get into good positions,” said Dalglish.
“Their disappointment is pleasant for us to see because at the end of the day, they want to win games the same as we do.
“For us, the most important thing is their attitude and approach to the game because they’ve got tonnes of ability.”
Meanwhile, Dalglish has admitted his delight at having Glen Johnson available for selection again after the defender recovered from a hamstring injury to make his first start of the season against Norwich.
“It’s great to have him back,” said the Liverpool boss. “It’s a wee bit unfortunate on Martin Kelly that Glen went in and played, but it just shows you the quality of people we have in the squad and that’s what we want.
“Glen certainly did well and it might have been a wee bit of a risk to put him back in as early as that, but he had around 65 minutes at Ibrox [against Rangers] and that helped him.
“We’re delighted to see him back and also have a wee bit of heavy heart for Kells as well.”