Dalglish: Liverpool must win ugly

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Kenny Dalglish praised the 'outstanding' performance from his trophy-winning Liverpool players in the wake of Saturday's defeat to Arsenal, but conceded that more ruthlessness might be required in future.

The Reds were condemned to their first Premier League home defeat of the season after the Gunners stole a 2-1 victory despite the hosts dominating possession.

Dalglish admitted his team must start 'winning ugly' following a result which now leaves Liverpool 10 points behind fourth-placed Arsenal in that all-important Champions League qualification place.

"If you want to gauge it on points there'll be disappointment," he told the club's official website. "[But] if you want to gauge it on performance then I think we were fantastic.

"To come away without three points is disappointing. The performance was outstanding. Van Persie got two - we could have allowed him two with the opportunities we had and still won - but we never.

"Maybe that might be the next education for us - to be ugly and win."

Yesterday's performance epitomised the story of Liverpool's season, with numerous chances created but a real lack of cutting edge in front of goal.

The home side's breakthrough came courtesy of a Laurent Koscielny own goal, and that was after Dirk Kuyt missed an opportunity to put the Reds ahead from the penalty spot.

"We're competitive, all right. We're attack minded, we can go forward, we can create chances and we can get penalties. Maybe the next bit is to be ugly and get the winning goal," Dalglish added.

"We've said before that we'll always play to win a game, and if we win games we'll add the points up at the end of the season and see who gets what.

"For us, we're disappointed because of the unbelievable performance we put in."

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