Liverpool didn’t deserve to beat Stoke, admits Kenny Dalglish
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish admits his side weren't good enough against Stoke City after Saturday's goalless draw
Kenny Dalglish has admitted Liverpool were not worthy of victory against Stoke City after the Red stumbled to a goalless draw at Anfield on Saturday.
Liverpool surrendered the opportunity to move into the Premier League’s top five as Dirk Kuyt wasted the home side’s best chance in the final 10 minutes when his header flew just wide of Thomas Sorensen’s left post.
Dalglish started with a three-man defence, with Glen Johnson and JosÃ© Enrique acting as wing-backs but the tactic failed to pay dividends – the Reds managed just one attempt on target as they recorded their seventh home draw of the season.
“The couple of opportunities we did have we never took, and in a game like that you’ve got to take your opportunities,” said Dalglish after the game.
“We looked pretty solid at the back and I think they had one shot in the first half and not much more after that, but as I said it was our responsibility to be able to break them down.
“There was nothing wrong with the players’ effort or determination, but on the day we just weren’t good enough to break them down.”
Left-back Enrique admitted his disappointment at being held to another Anfield draw and claimed the visitors did not deserve to get anything from the game.
“We lost two points again and we have to improve our home form, because we have lost too many points at Anfield this season,” he said.
“It has been a similar story all season at home and it is frustrating, as we are creating chances but not taking them.
“I don’t think Stoke deserved a point because we had all of the ball, especially in the second half, and we created two or three really good chances but we just couldn’t score.”