Missed opportunities may be the story of Liverpool's season but manager Kenny Dalglish may find evidence to back up his suggestion other forces are conspiring against them harder to come by.

The 1-1 home draw with Aston Villa, the ninth time they have been held at Anfield this campaign, ended a run of three successive defeats. On balance it could have been a victory for Liverpool but the factors which contributed to it not being so were more down to the players than referee Michael Oliver, who bore the brunt of Dalglish's frustration.

"It is important to get as much as you possibly can from every game and in most of the games we have played here we haven't got that and (that) was another example," said the Scot, whose side have won just five times at home, dropping 24 points in their 11 other games.

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