Dalglish: Players lacked edge

Having lost Daniel Agger, Denmark’s scorer against England, prior

to kick-off with an adductor injury the Reds boss felt several of

his other players were below their recent best. Even Raul Meireles,

who scored his fifth goal in six matches to put the Reds ahead in

the 24th minute, was not immune after being forced off just after

half-time through sickness. Liverpool failed to capitalise on the

advantage he had given them and Steve Gohouri poked home the

equaliser midway through the second half. The result could have

been different had man of the match Luis Suarez enjoyed better

fortune, hitting the post and the bar. It ended Liverpool’s

four-match winning run but Dalglish was philosophical about the

result. “I think it was a game where we started well enough, pushed

forward and scored a good goal by Raul again,” he said. “Luis hit

the post but you could tell they had been playing Wednesday night a

lot of them. “There was just that little bit of an edge missing and

if they had had that they the final pass would have been better. “I

think there were three or four occasions in the first half we would

have been in, but the sharpness was just missing a bit, which is

understandable. “Obviously we are disappointed not to take the

three points and with a bit of luck maybe we would have, despite

the performance not being as good as it has been in the past. “I

think Wigan may have been a bit aggrieved if they had gone away

without a point but Luis hit the post twice and their goal was

offside – these things happen. “We just have to brush ourselves

down and get on with it. It’s not been too damaging. We’ll keep

going.” Suarez, a £22.8million signing from Ajax late last

month, enjoyed an impressive first start – having scored on his

debut 10 days ago as a substitute. Dalglish said of his new

recruit: “It’s not difficult to warm to him is it? He’s very

energetic and skilful. “He loves to score goals and was unlucky not

to get on the scoresheet. “In normal circumstances maybe we would

have taken him off because he’s not had a game for a while. “It

probably pushed him that bit too far. We were just hoping he might

get us a goal.” Liverpool were also without captain Steven Gerrard,

who injured his groin in last weekend’s win over Chelsea, but

Dalglish said he and Agger’s recovery would be short. “Both Daniel

and Steven will be days rather than weeks,” said the Scot.

“Obviously we’ve got the Europa League on Thursday, whether they

are fit for that, we’ll just have to wait and see. “We’ve not got a

game after that until the following Thursday so we’ll see how they

are and go from there.” Wigan boss Roberto Martinez paid tribute to

his players for fighting back to earn a point. “If you go 1-0 down

after playing well that is really difficult but I was really

pleased in the first half,” he said. “We had long spells of

possession but we probably didn’t show that real belief that we

needed to show against a team like Liverpool. “But going into

half-time with that feeling we could do a little bit better I

thought the reaction was great. “I felt we deserved the point for

the roles we had to go through and the players deserve huge

credit.”