Kenny Dalglish has acknowledged that his Liverpool side must go one better than their last trip to Britannia by scoring against Stoke City in tonight’s Carling Cup clash.
Earlier this season, Dalglish’s men created a plethora of chances away to the Potters but lost 1-0 due to a lack of clinical finishing in front of goal.
Furthermore, consecutive 1-1 draws in the league at home to Manchester United and Norwich City have created question marks over the Reds’ ability to put games away.
However, ahead of the tricky rematch against Stoke, Dalglish has urged his men to attack relentlessly as they desperately seek a win to not only advance to the quarterfinals of the competition, but also to get some much-needed momentum on their side.
“We don’t want to get into the habit of saying we played really well and got nothing. We’ve got to make our good play count,” Dalglish said about the need for more disciplined finishing.
He added: “Obviously you need a little bit of luck every now and then, but I think there’s no doubting the ability of the players or level of performance they put on last time at Stoke. If they play as well as that this time, then I’m sure the luck will come their way.”
When asked whether his squad needed extra motivation to firmly assert themselves in the Carling Cup, Dalglish refuted such a sentiment and proudly explained that his players are hungry for silverware this season.
“For us, the most important thing is their (the players’) attitude and approach to the game because they’ve got tonnes of ability.
“It will be the same for us at Stoke. They are a Premier League club and we’ll put a very strong team out again – and we expect the same level of commitment and effort from the players,” the manager concluded.
Following the Carling Cup action, the Reds will return travel to the Midlands to prepare for Saturday evening’s Premier League showdown with West Bromwich Albion.