Liverpool legend John Barnes can’t recall a time where a side has been so unlucky in front of goal than Kenny Dalglish’s side this year.
The former Anfield favourite was commenting on the fact that that Jordan Henderson and Dirk Kuyt striking the woodwork in Sunday’s astonishing loss at home to West Brom meant the Reds had done so on 30 occasions this season.
That total is more than any other side in the Premier League and Barnes joked that Dalglish’s side would be champions if the goals were larger, but was optimistic that it would not continue next season.
“It's incredible. In every game they have played this season, they have come close,” he told the official Liverpool website.
“If the goals were maybe six inches bigger, then we'd win the league! I haven't seen anything like it before, but it's part of football.
“While it hasn't happened for Liverpool this year, next year I am hopeful they will convert a much larger percentage of the chances.”
The former England international, who scored a number of memorable goals in his time with the Merseyside club, was enthused that the side are creating the chances and believes the squad is ready to fire.
Barnes explained how missing lots of chances can lead to losing nerve in front of goal and thinks all is needed is a little composure for the goals to flow once more.
“The longer you go hitting the post and missing opportunities, you see players snatching at chances,” he added.
“But as I said, the pleasing thing is they are still creating chances. The players are good enough, we just need to add a little bit more composure in front of goal to our game. The goals will come.”