Dalglish: We lacked cutting edge

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Kenny Dalglish feels Liverpool need to be more clinical in front of goal in the absence of star striker Luis Suarez, and says that his players must learn from last night's 3-0 defeat to Manchester City.

The Reds boss reflected on another frustrating evening where his side dominated possession for large periods of the game, but once again lacked that cutting edge in the final third.

"I'm not so sure the scoreline reflects the way the game went," said Dalglish. "I'm not saying we deserved to win, but I think the lesson we've learnt from tonight is that if we're not clinical we're going to suffer.

"There are a lot of things that happened tonight that we can correct ourselves, so we need to go and do that. We had a good opportunity to open the scoring, but then we lost the first goal when we'd had possession with a throw in.

"The second goal was from a corner and we had a warning just seconds before it [when Reina saved Vincent Kompany's header].

"The third was when they were down to 10 men, Toure ran the length of the pitch and we gave away a penalty kick. It's a harsh lesson, but it'll be even harsher if we don't learn from it."

Reina was at fault for City's first goal as he allowed Sergio Aguero's shot to squirm under his body, but Dalglish refused to lay any blame on the Spanish stopper, and instead focused on improving the collective team performance.

"I noticed they changed the ball just after it [the goal], so maybe that was something to do with it," he added. "We're not going to sit and isolate individuals.

"We're never going to win anything with individuals - we'll win things with the squad.

"Every single member of the squad that played made a mistake in some way, shape or form. It's how they react to them that's going to be important."

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