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Downing rues missed chances

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Stewart Downing remains unwavering in his belief that the goals will soon start to flow for Liverpool, and points to a number of goalscoring opportunities created against Swansea at the weekend as a reason to stay optimistic.

The England international winger accepts that the Reds were not at their best in yesterday's goalless draw at Anfield, but insists that the players will be putting in extra hours on the Melwood training ground to ensure that they improve.

"It was disappointing to draw, but although Swansea played quite well, if we had put our chances away and scored early it might have been different," Downing told Liverpoolfc.tv.

"Probably the pleasing thing for the manager and the team is that we are creating chances. But we're not putting them away.

"We'll just have to keep working on it and keep getting ourselves in the right positions and hopefully they'll turn into goals soon."

Downing echoed manager Kenny Dalglish's views in his post-match interview, that the Reds had simply not been clinical enough in front of goal, but pointed to a number of clear-cut chances that the squad can build on moving forward.

"If Andy [Carroll] had scored with that early chance, it may have been a different game - Swansea might have had to change the way they played," he added.

"It was a brilliant save from Glen's [Johnson] shot. I think the goalkeeper has probably been their best player this season, which shows how well he's done.

"But we had chances through Daniel [Agger], Glen as well as Andy's right at the start, and I'm not sure if Dirk's [Kuyt] goal was offside or not.

"Swansea are a good footballing team and they've played well this season, but with no disrespect to them we need to be winning games like that at home if we want to get to where we want to be, so it was a bit disappointing for us not to get the three points."

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