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Reds must improve, says Dalglish

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Yesterday's 0-0 draw with Swansea condemned Liverpool to their third successive home draw in the Barclays Premier League, leaving Kenny Dalglish to call for improvements from his players.

Another frustrating afternoon at Anfield with the Reds again unable to break the deadlock, was compounded when Andy Carroll missed a guilt-edged chance when he lashed against the crossbar - the tenth time Liverpool have been denied by the woodwork in 2011-12.

"Our performance was disappointing," Dalglish admitted. "Swansea played the way we expected them to play but we didn't play the way we expected to play.

"Maybe if the chance went in early doors it would have changed the complexion of the game but as well as paying credit to Swansea we have to look at ourselves.

"Anything we're good at we didn't do much of today. We're usually good at passing and movement but there wasn't much of that there. When we got it back we gave it away quickly."

For all Liverpool's promise, and endeavour that has been on show in the past few weeks on their home turf, Dalglish was disappointed that his players lacked a cutting edge against the Swans.

"We've got to understand, realise and accept that that level of performance isn't acceptable," he added. "Even at the death the goalie's made a couple of good saves.

"We must be getting closer if the goalkeeper was tested today - usually we miss the target! The most important thing is to create the chances, the next is to put them away.

"There's no one in the history of football who's deliberately missed a chance, we just need to keep working on it, getting in there. But we never got in there today as much as we have done in past games. That was a disappointing thing for us."

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