Kenny Dalglish unconcerned by Liverpool’s struggle for goals
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish doesn't want the Reds to change their style of play despite their lack of goals this season
Kenny Dalglish has denied Liverpool need to change their style of play to end their struggle for goals ahead of the Reds’ trip to Sunderland on Saturday.
Liverpool succumbed to their first league defeat of the season at Anfield last Saturday, losing 2-1 to Arsenal as the Merseysiders’ hopes of securing fourth spot were dealt a severe blow.
Despite having 12 shots on goal in that game, Dalglish’s side failed to convert their chances and were left to rue their inefficiency in front of goal following Robin van Persie’s late winner.
“Winning ugly is probably when you are not at your best or when you are down to nine or 10 men and you are back defending and you have to boot it clear to give yourself a bit of respite,” Dalglish told a news conference on Thursday.
“But I would much rather we play the way we play and if we have to dig deep I am sure we can.
“For us, we had the disappointment immediately after the defeat against Arsenal but when you sit down and analyse it they can’t do much more than what they did.
“If they keep playing like that and keep bringing performances like that against a quality side then we are going to win more than we lose.”
Sunderland will be without captain Lee Cattermole and top scorer Stephane Sessegnon, who both serve suspensions following their dismissals in last weekend’s heated Tyne-Wear derby against Newcastle United.
But Dalglish still expects the Black Cats to be a threat, praising Martin O’Neill’s impact at the Stadium of Light since taking over from Steve Bruce in December.
“It was a surprise to see Steve Bruce get the sack, but obviously you get the sack when results aren’t great,” said Dalglish.
“Martin hasn’t brought in too many players to change that – it’s the same players playing with a different attitude and more commitment.
“They’ve done very well since he went in there and made themselves very difficult to beat.”
The Liverpool boss also revealed skipper Steven Gerrard and right-back Glen Johnson have both returned to training after shaking off injuries.
“Steven and Glen are back in training today, so we’ll see how they are,” added Dalglish.
“It’s a good boost for us to have anybody back, Steven included. Having Glen back as well, who was doing fantastic, will be good for us.
“We’ll see how they do in training and judge it from there.”