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Stoke stalemate frustrates Liverpool duo

Enrique knows wins are needed at Anfield. (©GettyImages)
Enrique knows wins are needed at Anfield. (©GettyImages).

Jose Enrique and Kenny Dalglish were left to rue Liverpool's home failure after another disappointing draw at Anfield.

The Reds were unable to break Stoke City down during the 0-0 stalemate, with the absence of Luis Suarez again being painfully felt on Merseyside as Andy Carroll was once again unable to find the back of the net following an introduction from the bench.

Few could argue with the club's defensive record, but Enrique knows Liverpool will need to start winning games if they want to finish in the top four and challenge for a Champions League place.

"We lost two points again and we have to improve our home form, because we have lost too many points at Anfield this season. It has been a similar story all season at home and it is frustrating, as we are creating chances but not taking them," the Spaniard told the official Liverpool website post-match.

"I don't think Stoke deserved a point because we had all of the ball, especially in the second half, and we created two or three really good chances but we just couldn't score.

"We just have to stay positive. I think, maybe the Swansea game aside, we have deserved to win the other games we have drawn at home."

Dalglish was also left to reflect in disappointment, as long spells of pressure failed to lead to three vital points.

And, whilst the Potters traveled north with the intention of taking a point, 'King Kenny' insists the onus was on the Reds to prevent that from happening - somthing they failed to achieve.

"They came here to go away with a point and they got a point. The responsibility was on us to be more imaginative to break them down, but we didn't manage to do that," said the Scot in his press conference post-match.

"The couple of opportunities we did have we never took, and in a game like that you've got to take your opportunities. We looked pretty solid at the back and I think they had one shot in the first half and not much more after that.

"But, as I said, it was our responsibility to be able to break them down. There was nothing wrong with the players' effort or determination, but on the day we just weren't good enough to break them down."

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Stoke City
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Premier League
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