Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has claimed there is nothing more than bad luck behind the Reds’ players missing so many chances this season.
Kenny Dalglish's side have hit the post or crossbar on 29 separate occasions this term and the Uruguayan striker believes next season the Anfield club’s luck will change.
Goals have been a major problem for Liverpool lately and they have boasted the sixth worst goal scoring record at home in the Premier League this season, winning only two of their last ten league fixtures, but Suarez is confident this will change next season.
“When you shoot, you can look for the spaces between the posts and the goalkeeper,” he said in an interview for the club’s official magazine.
“But instinctively, you usually aim for the corners, which means that there's a chance the ball might hit the post. I think we have hit the post more times than the crossbar.
“Sometimes this happens. As a striker, you can shoot from 25 yards and hit the post with a shot that is technically perfect.
“But you can also be looking the wrong way, the ball hits you on the knee and it goes in. The next minute, you score again and you're on a run.”
Despite their poor league form, Liverpool have won the Carling Cup this season and face an FA Cup final against Chelsea early next month.
The Reds’ success in cups this season has caused further bafflement as to why they have found it so difficult to win in the Premier League since the start of the year – they are one of the three worst performing teams in 2012.
Suarez was instrumental in Dalglish’s side making a second final of the season when they defeated rivals Everton 2-1 in the semi-final at Wembley last Saturday.
The Uruguayan scored the equaliser in that game and earned the man of the match award.
As to their scoring woes, Suarez believes bad luck has been the prevailing factor and hopes next season brings better fortune in front of goal.
“There is an element of luck. It would be more worrying if chances were not being created,” he concluded.
“Maybe next season, all the ones that hit the post and come out may go in.”