Poor finishing has cost us points, admits Liverpool boss Dalglish

Kenny Dalglish claims Reds would be further up the league table had it not been for the woodwork and in-form goalkeepers

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Liverpool face Aston Villa at Villa Park on Sunday

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Kenny Dalglish believes Liverpool’s poor finishing has cost them a higher position in the Premier League table following their solid start to the season.

The Liverpool boss admits his side lacked a clinical edge in October and November as they succumbed to four successive draws at Anfield before ending that unwanted run with a 1-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers last Saturday.

“I think the only stat that isn’t in our favour is probably in the goals-for column,” Dalglish told a news conference on Thursday.

“We’ve got fewer points than the performances deserve. We’ve got that in our own hands and we’ll just continue to do what we’ve done and sooner or later we’ll turn our chances into goals.

“We’ve not come up against a goalkeeper who hasn’t been outstanding against us. I think 16 times against the woodwork makes a contribution as well.

“At the same time, the responsibility is on us to create chances and then finish them off. We’ll probably win a game scoring every chance that we make.”

The 60-year-old manager is confident his squad can cope with the rigours of a demanding festive fixture list and close the gap on their rivals in the race for fourth spot.

“Obviously you take into account the fixtures you’ve got coming up and how many days you’ve got in between,” continued the Scot.

“There is a great deal of thought that goes into the process. After the first game, you take into account how your players are before you move into the second game – but you do that before every match.

“The games do come thick and fast now and we’ve just got to deal with it, but you do take into consideration the workload. Everything is monitored anyway, so you’ve got a good idea of how the players are.

“We’ll get the first game done, and then we’ll worry about the one after it. We know what fixtures we’ve got coming up, but there is not a great of thought that goes into the one beyond the Aston Villa game.

“The greatest influence on the team against Aston Villa will be who we’re playing against – not the game that’s coming after that at Wigan. First thing’s first.”

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