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Jan 13, 2011

Dalglish not disheartened

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish feels his side are having a run of bad luck at the moment but believes performances are improving despite their 2-1 defeat at Blackpool.

• Blackpool 2-1 Liverpool

Fernando Torres had given his side the ideal start by firing home in only the third minute but Gary Taylor-Fletcher equalised soon after and DJ Campbell struck the winner with 21 minutes to go as the Seasiders completed a Barclays Premier League double over the Reds.

That came on the back of an FA Cup exit to Manchester United which involved a disputed penalty and a sending-off for captain Steven Gerrard.

"We are disappointed we have come away from the game with no points,'' Dalglish said. "We got off to a good start; a couple of good passes and Fernando got in and finished really well.

"Their first goal we were on the verge of breaking clear, misplaced a pass and they turned it around, went up the pitch and got a break of the ball off Daniel Agger before their lad finished well.

"If we had just laid the pass off and collected it and gone up the other end of the pitch we would have walked it in for 2-0 and so if there was a turning point that would be it. The second goal we cleared the corner quite sufficiently and then it has come back in and we've not picked up.''

Despite back-to-back defeats, Dalglish has been heartened by what he has seen in his two matches in charge.

"It was pleasing to see their commitment and effort when you consider a lot of them played against United for an hour with ten men,'' he added. "We had some good positives but the most positive thing that is going to help the players most of all is to pick up some wins.

"It's all very well being a decent side but every side which has been successful and has ever done anything needs that bit of luck. At the moment that has turned against us but the longer we stick in and the less sorry we feel for ourselves the better chance we will have of correcting it.

"It is not just a change of luck, we have a lot of work to do as opposed to being lucky.''

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway was understandably delighted with the victory, having beaten the Reds by the same scoreline at Anfield in October.

"It is the best of the lot I think - to go behind so early it could have been a long horrible night but I'm so proud of my lads,'' he said. "It didn't affect us and we carried on and got the equaliser and I said to them at half-time that the next goal was vital and we could really knock the stuffing out of them and it happened.

"If you'd said to me at the start of the season we'd get six points off Liverpool home and away I'd have said you were doolally. I'd have got you a nice straitjacket and said 'get lost', but we've done it.''

Holloway was also bullish about the future of captain Charlie Adam, who has been the subject of what he believes is a derisory £3.5 million bid, reportedly from Aston Villa.

"They can shove their bid wherever they like it because if they think he is only worth £3.5 million they are watching a different game to the one I am,'' he said. "I think he owes us to stay and then he will have a choice as long as his arm.

"I want him to go to a club which is not struggling, it's always been my goal to get him to one of the top five or six clubs. If Manchester United ring me up tomorrow and make me a realistic offer I might have to consider it but until then - dream on.''

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