Liverpool 1 Blackburn 1: Dalglish frustrated by another Anfield draw

Kenny Dalglish was left frustrated after Liverpool were held to their sixth draw of the season at Anfield by Blackburn Rovers

Premier League, 26 December 2011, Anfield
team1
Liverpool
1 - 1
team2
Blackburn

Kenny Dalglish could not hide his frustration as Liverpool stuttered to their sixth draw at Anfield this season after being held by Blackburn Rovers on Merseyside.

Steve Kean’s visitors took a surprise lead when Charlie Adam diverted a Blackburn corner past Pepe Reina just before half-time – but Liverpool responded in the 53rd minute when Maxi Rodriguez nodded past Mark Bunn.

Dalglish admitted there was room for improvement but the 62-year-old felt the Reds had done enough to secure a victory.

“My reflection on the game is the same as what it’s been after a few other games here,” Dalglish said. “We did more than enough to have won and created more than enough chances to have won.

“The performance could have been a touch better, but I’ve no complaints about it, and with the opportunities we created, we’ve got no complaints.

“But once again we’ve not converted a good enough ratio of the chances we’ve made and the goalkeeper has made a fantastic save at the end along with a few others as well.

“Most of the things we do we do very well and do them right. A bit of luck, maybe a bit more belief in ourselves and a goalkeeper coming here and having a nightmare would be helpful to us – but we can’t control the goalkeeper having a nightmare, we can only control ourselves.

“If we get our chances on target, it’s up to him to save them – and he did save most of them today. We’ll continue getting in there, making chances and playing the way we have been.”

Andy Carroll was denied a late winner by a superb save from Rovers goalkeeper Bunn and Daniel Agger’s header from the resulting corner was cleared off the line by Adam Henley.

But despite dropping more points at home, Dalglish insisted he was pleased with the Reds’ positive attitude.

“The goalkeeper made a great save from Andy,” he continued. “It could have been a push on Daniel Agger, but the goalie made a fantastic save. It comes in from the corner it’s cleared off the line.

“The most important thing for us is the attitude of the players – that in the last minute, they are still pushing and determined to try and get a winner. That is what the teams at Liverpool have always done and it’s nice to see they’ve got the same trait as that.

“It didn’t do the club any harm in past years, and I don’t think it will do us any harm to have the same attitude as well.”

Paul Merson
Paul Merson predicts the scoreline of Man United v Arsenal
Michael Owen
Michael Owen predicts outcome of Everton v Liverpool FC
Michael Owen
Michael Owen predicts outcome of Man United v Arsenal
Thomas Tuchel
‘I’m a bit worried’: Thomas Tuchel provides injury update ahead of West Ham v Chelsea FC
Jamie Carragher
Jamie Carragher, Gary Lineker react to Mo Salah's display in Liverpool FC's 4-1 win over Everton
Paul Merson
Paul Merson predicts the scoreline of Man United v Arsenal
Michael Owen
Michael Owen predicts outcome of Everton v Liverpool FC
Michael Owen
Michael Owen predicts outcome of Man United v Arsenal
Thomas Tuchel
‘I’m a bit worried’: Thomas Tuchel provides injury update ahead of West Ham v Chelsea FC
Jamie Carragher
Jamie Carragher, Gary Lineker react to Mo Salah's display in Liverpool FC's 4-1 win over Everton
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature