Carling Cup win shows Liverpool progress, insists Kenny Dalglish
Kenny Dalglish insists Liverpool have made progress this season - but accepts the Reds need to be more clinical in front of goal
Kenny Dalglish believes Liverpool have made progress this season despite a fourth-place finish looking increasingly unlikely after their 3-2 defeat by Queens Park Rangers on Wednesday.
The Reds’ loss at Loftus Road leaves them 12 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur – but the 61-year-old Liverpool boss insists his side have made drastic improvements this term, pointing to their Carling Cup victory over Cardiff City and their FA Cup run.
“The players are as fit as anybody and probably fitter than most,” said Dalglish.
“We’ve had more success in cups than in the league, but the performances have probably been better in the league than they have in the cups.
“It was never going to be a 24-hour make up – it was going to be longer than that.
“We have made progression. The last bit is always the most difficult bit and that’s where we’re at – we’re just trying to get the last bit correct.”
“And I don’t think there is anybody who has hit the woodwork as often as us, and I don’t think there is anyone who has missed as many penalties as us.
“The stats are there to be twisted and turned to suit your own argument.”
Liverpool held a 2-0 lead against QPR courtesy of Sebastián Coates’ stunning overhead strike and Dirk Kuyt’s close-range finish before Mark Hughes’ side mounted a comeback to deny Liverpool three points.
Dalglish was pleased with his side’s performance at Loftus Road until the final 13 minutes but did concede that the Reds need to learn to finish off games.
“The performance the other night was excellent for 77 minutes and then we lost three goals, but we were delighted with the way they played,” he added.
“The disappointing thing about the result also was that Sebastián scored a great goal that could win goal of the season, but it’s not got a mention.
“We’ll try to remain as positive as we can, but also realistic. We know we’re capable of playing decent football, but we’ve got to finish it off.”