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The Reds have struggled to deliver goals this season, particularly at Anfield, but their manager believes that the club are better off now than they were last year

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has admitted that his side must start converting more of their play into goals.

The Reds have won just two of their last 10 Premier League games in the run-up to their visit to Sunderland this weekend, having scored just 10 in the process.

The club have struggled to get on the scoresheet to the extent that even 17th-placed Blackburn have mustered up eight more goals than them.

Dalglish, who could be boosted by the returns of both Steven Gerrard and Glen Johnson at the Stadium of Light, believes that his side have the resources to get themselves out of the problem, but also understands that his current squad must resolve the issue sooner rather than later.

"With what we have got here, we have got to put the finishing touches to the good work that we have done," the Scot told reporters.

"Whoever comes up with the solution – whether it is a centre-back getting 20 goals a season – I'm not really bothered. We just need to find a solution.

"We need a bit of good fortune that we all hope to get. It's a wee bit ironic the number of penalties that we have missed [six, excluding shoot-outs] and yet we end up winning the [League] Cup on penalties."

Liverpool are 11/2 with Paddy Power to defeat Sunderland 1-0 on Saturday.

Dalglish's men are one point better off than they were at this stage of the Premier League last season, but, however, are one place lower in the standings.

Eight draws and only four wins at home are pointed to by some as the reason why the Reds are only in seventh as things stand, but the club idol defended his side's performances at Anfield.

"A point is a point, isn't it?" he argued.

"The return we've had is not a true reflection of the way we've played at Anfield. We've been delighted with the way we've played but disappointed with some of the results we've got because they haven't always reflected, in any way, shape or form, the performances.

"The points we've got is the points we've got but I'll tell you what else doesn't lie – sixth round of the FA Cup and [League] Cup winners. We're a better, stronger squad than what we were as well. We're better off now than what we were last year."

Considering Liverpool's recent outlays in the transfer market - they have spashed around £114m since last January on new players - some fans and pundits have argued that the club are failing to meet expectations, a suggestion that the Kop hero vehemently denies.

"We never said it was going to be delivered in a time scale, did we? We said we'd come in and try our best to move forward," Dalglish stated.

"I think we have moved forward. There is a bit of silverware there that shows we have moved forward. The performances on the pitch are putting smiles on people's faces. That's a sign that we have moved forward. If we had converted our chances, we would be even more positive."

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