Dalglish makes case for defence

Rovers’ summer signing from Everton has 10 Premier League goals –

including four in one match against Swansea three weeks ago – this

season. However, the Reds have the most miserly defence in the top

flight having conceded just 13 times in 17 league matches and have

kept seven clean sheets, five of which have been in the last eight

games. Which is why Dalglish is confident of snuffing out Yakubu’s

threat. “His goal tally is pretty impressive for a team at the

bottom of the table,” said the Reds boss. “He’s a clinical

finisher. He got four against Swansea and got another goal the

other night (against Bolton). “He is a threat, but then there are a

lot of good strikers that Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel have come

up against recently and they’ve been playing particularly well. “We

won’t be presumptuous that they are going to play well but then

again we won’t be presuming Yakubu is going to score against us

either. “It will be a decent game, and it will be a good

competition between Yakubu and ourselves. “If we take our eye off

everyone else and just concentrate on Yakubu then we could find

ourselves in trouble, so we’ve got to be responsible and look after

everybody. “But he has certainly had a good goalscoring season this

year.” Liverpool will be looking to improve on their disappointing

home record this season when bottom team Blackburn visit.

Dalglish’s side have won just three times in eight Anfield

appearances and the win over QPR on December 10 ended a run of four

successive draws at the famous old stadium. The Scot admits it is

not for want of trying as they have created numerous chances but

have one of the lowest conversion rates in the top flight. “We

would love the boys to get the reward some of their outstanding

build-up play deserves and we’ll continue to make chances, and the

opposition know we’ll make chances,” said Dalglish. “There’s been a

few inspired goalkeeping performances against us which we can’t do

anything about, and the first thing we have to do is concentrate on

hitting the target. “We would be lots more frustrated if we didn’t

create those chances so as long as we get them we will be fine –

the goals will come and the goalkeepers won’t be as good as they

have been. “We now have two home games in a row starting with

Blackburn and we need to take maximum points if possible. “We know

Blackburn aren’t in a nice situation at the moment and because of

that it will be difficult with them fighting for their lives and we

will have to do our best.”