Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish felt his side's lack of spark in the 1-1 draw at home to Wigan was partly down to the effect of the midweek internationals.

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.

"I think it was a game where we started well enough, pushed forward and scored a good goal by Raul again," he said. "Luis (Suarez) hit the post but you could tell they had been playing Wednesday night a lot of them."

He added: "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."

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