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.”