Reina irked by keeper displays

In the goalless draw at Wigan on Wednesday the Latics’ Ali Al Habsi
was named man of the match after a number of saves, including one
from Charlie Adam’s penalty. The Oman international follows the
likes of Manchester United’s David de Gea, Norwich’s John Ruddy,
Swansea’s Michel Vorm and even QPR’s third-choice goalkeeper Radek
Cerny who all were at their very best against the Reds. Of that
quartet only the latter finished on the losing side and it has cost
Liverpool a handful of points. The only plus point is that while
opponents are doing their best to deny the Reds strikeforce the
defence in front of Reina is also performing at the top of its
game. Liverpool have conceded just 13 goals in 17 matches, the best
record in the Premier League. “Once again it is the goalkeepers –
Al Habsi was man of the match and he prevented us getting those
three points,” said Reina. “But we didn’t lose the game and we kept
a clean sheet which is always positive. “We have to take the
positives and that is the team is defending very well and we can
take a lot of confidence from that.” Liverpool will be looking to
improve on their disappointing home record this season when bottom
side Blackburn visit on Boxing Day. Kenny 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
stadium. The Scot admits it is not for a want of trying as
Liverpool 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.”