Dalglish defends Downing goal drought

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Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish says winger Stewart Downing requires some luck in from of goal to open his account for his new club.

Downing has yet to register an assist or a goal for The Reds since his move from Aston Villa in the summer.

The 27-year-old scored the winner for his former side against Liverpool last season, his last goal in the Premier League, and the England international is hoping he can break his duck for his club upon his return to Villa Park this weekend.

"Stewart has made plenty of chances. He has had a few opportunities he has been unfortunate with," Dalglish said.

"If you took a percentage of the chances where the woodwork was more kind to us, then everybody starts to look better. Our goals for and points total would be better, as would our individual stats.

"Stewart has made a huge contribution to the fact we have hit the post 16 times and created so many chances and shots at goal.

"It has been bad luck and inspired goalkeeping which has denied him."

"All the lads that have come in for their first season have settled in really well," he said.

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