Agger: We’re missing final touch

A sixth home draw against the Premier League’s bottom side

Blackburn means the Reds have dropped 12 points from a possible 27

at Anfield. They have also scored only 21 goals in 18 league

matches and Monday’s match followed an all-too-familiar pattern as

Kenny Dalglish’s side dominated and created a number of chances but

failed to take advantage. “It would be a problem if we were not

creating chances but when we are creating then you can’t complain,”

said Agger. “But when you don’t take your chances, you don’t win

football games. “If you look at all the games we’ve had plenty of

chances and possession but it is just that final touch – it is not

just one or two players, it is all of us missing chances. “The only

way to solve it is to create more because at some point it has to

come. “I really think for 80% or 90% of the time we are playing

well. “That’s the strange thing, as normally when you play well you

get a bit more luck but somehow we are missing that final touch –

we need to find that. “Normally when you try harder you get the

luck and that’s what we must keep doing.” In a lacklustre first

half Andy Carroll had a goal disallowed for offside and Maxi

Rodriguez was denied a penalty after being brought down by

goalkeeper Mark Bunn as the assistant referee had raised his flag

when it was Luis Suarez and not he who had crept ahead of the

defence. On the stroke of half-time Blackburn fortuitously took the

lead when Charlie Adam diverted Morten Gamst Pedersen’s corner into

his own net, and although Rodriguez scored his 11th goal in 12

starts soon after the interval Liverpool could not find the

equaliser. Captain Steven Gerrard returned from a two-month injury

absence as a second-half substitute as Liverpool pressed for the

winner, but in the last few seconds Carroll was denied by a

brilliant save from Bunn and Agger had a header cleared off the

line by 17-year-old Adam Henley. “We had a lot of shots on goal but

you have to give credit to their keeper who made a few good saves,”

added the Denmark defender. “Looking at the game we still created

chances so the confidence must still be there. “It wasn’t down to

complacency because you know all games in the Premier League are

difficult – it doesn’t matter whether you are home or away. “But

when you play for Liverpool and play at Anfield you have to win the

games – especially these ones.” For Blackburn, who rarely troubled

goalkeeper Jose Reina, it was an important point in their battle

against relegation, although they remain bottom of the table.

Manager Steve Kean is desperate for the transfer window to reopen

so he can bring in new faces to strengthen an injury-hit side which

went to Anfield with a patched-up defence. But he is also keen to

get his existing players fit after goalkeeper Paul Robinson became

the latest casualty with a calf muscle tear which is likely to keep

him out for a couple of weeks. “I think we need four (signings) and

if we can get that amount and get them quickly and together with

those coming out of the treatment room I think we can climb the

table quickly,” said Kean. “If we can get established players

bedded into the team immediately it will give everyone a lift.

“January is important but so is getting the medical lads working

their magic in the treatment room – they have to earn their money

getting these boys pushed out. “We are a tight group and this

experience for the younger guys in the team will stand them in good

stead. “We have not got as many results as we should have got but

we will improve.”