x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Dalglish unable to fathom Liverpool's poor away record

Under three different managers, Liverpool have registered just two Premier League victories in almost 13 months.

Kenny Dalglish, the Liverpool manager, wants his team to come together for rest of the season.
Kenny Dalglish, the Liverpool manager, wants his team to come together for rest of the season.

Kenny Dalglish is still searching for his first victory after returning as Liverpool manager and heads to Wolves today acknowledging he has no explanation for the club's woeful away record.

Under three different managers, Liverpool have registered just two Premier League victories in almost 13 months.

That record contributed to the difficulties Rafael Benitez had before his departure in June and was a major factor in Roy Hodgson leaving after just six months.

Dalglish could not halt the slide with an inauspicious first defeat at Blackpool nine days ago but goes to Molineux still trying to work out why his team have been so bad on the road.

"It's surprising. The reasons why have yet to be fathomed," he said. "We've done bad enough [under him] - we lost at Blackpool!

"But it's up to us. It's up to the players to come together and try to turn it around as quickly as we can.

"It's very unlike Liverpool not to have a good away record. Normally it's excellent. There are some things we've got to put right and that's one of them."

Another issue to put right is avenging the defeat by Wolves at Anfield last month.

It was the result which signalled the beginning of the end of Hodgson's short spell in charge and hastened the return of Dalglish to a role he had not occupied for almost 20 years.

The same players who looked so lethargic in that Wolves defeat have responded positively to Dalglish's arrival in the dugout, even if that as not been reflected in results, with a draw in Sunday's Merseyside derby ending a run of two successive defeats.

Dalglish does not see revenge as the primary motivating factor for his players today against the club second-bottom of the table, but who are only five points behind his side.

"I suppose it could be but you'd need to ask them that - I can't speak for every one of them," he said. "Different things drive different people but winning games is the greatest feeling in the world, that's the biggest drive.

"Wolves played very well against us at Anfield and if some people were disappointed with that result and that's what inspires them, then fine.

"But no matter what happened at Anfield we'd still want to go to Molineux and win the game - wherever you get the inspiration from is down to the individual."

On getting his first win, the 59-year-old Scot said: "I don't know how you evaluate how important [it is] but we'd love to get a victory.

"Even if we get battered and win 1-0 it wouldn't matter - it'd still be a great lift for everyone.

"If the players keep doing what they've been doing, a victory can't be far away.

"I thought it might have come at Manchester United, at Blackpool, against Everton but we've been very encouraged by what the players have done."

Liverpool will be again without Steven Gerrard, their captain, as he completes the last game of a three-match suspension following his sending off against Manchester United in the FA Cup.

Wolves are expected to give a debut to Adam Hammill, the midfielder, who signed in midweek from Championship side Barnsley, but they will be without the suspended George Elokobi and the injured Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.

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