BEMUSED Reds boss Kenny Dalglish believes the only thing he needs to change at Anfield is his luck in front of goal.
Dalglish watched his side dominate against West Bromwich Albion yesterday, yet finish on the losing side to Peter Odemwingie’s breakaway goal.
And he said afterwards: “It sounds repetitive, but it’s not like there is something drastically wrong we can’t identify.
“It’s just a piece of good fortune we need. You can go back over the old interviews and it’s the same thing. It’s great credit to the players that they make chance after chance, but the woodwork again wasn’t our best friend.
“They showed great resolve the way they went about their work.
“We had a lot of attempts on goal but couldn’t put it right. Not much more we could add to what we’ve said many times before after games at Anfield.”
Dalglish, who admitted he left out skipper Steven Gerrard as “a precaution” added: “It’s not just one of those days, it’s been like that seven or eight times here.
“After we won the Carling Cup we came back here and played Arsenal and played brilliant and lost.
“We got to the final last week after beating Everton. They came out today and were excellent again. But we’ve lost the two games.
“There’s no need for us to change it. We just need to change a bit of luck.”
Returning former Reds boss Roy Hodgson was happy to admit his side got lucky – but also expressed his gratitude to the Anfield fans who gave him a warm reception as he took his place in the Anfield visitors’ dug-out.
“It was very enjoyable to win, even if you enjoy a bit of luck on the way,” he said.
“Forty-five years is a long time for a club like West Bromwich Albion to endure without a win here.
“We were grateful to a lot of good blocks and saves from our goalkeeper and when those things didn’t happen we had some good luck, the balls hitting our keeper in the face when he didn’t know anything about it.”
On his reception Hodgson added: “I was very pleased about that. I thank the LFC fans for that. That was very courteous of them. I would have been disappointed if it had been otherwise, because I have a lot of respect for them but it was courteous of them to do that.
“I understand that Kenny Dalglish and his team will feel aggrieved and feel that his team should have got something from this game, and I feel that because I watched the game too.”
Asked whether he should have been celebrating a 2-0 victory after a late goal was disallowed for pushing on Pepe Reina he added: “I don’t know, I don’t think I should be complaining about things like that otherwise it might be seen as greedy!”
But he did declare that claims for a first half penalty on Maxi Rodriguez were correctly waved away.
“It wasn’t a penalty. I can categorically say that.
“And that’s not with a WBA hat on.
“That’s with a football lover’s hat on.”
Hodgson added: “We had to ride our luck on numerous occasions, but it was also a magnificent rearguard effort.
“We had to fight really hard, but the players did that and perhaps we deserved a bit of luck because of the spirit we showed, especially at this late stage of the season.
“Maybe it was written in the stars, because our last win here was 45 years ago to the day.
“So perhaps there was an element of fate about it.
“But it’s another hoodoo that’s been laid to rest, and tat was achieved on the back of an awful lot of effort and determination.
“Rather than lament their bad fortune I think I need to celebrate our good fortune. There will always be an element of luck involved for West Brom to win at Anfield because we perform at different areas of the league, and because of factors like the sums of money the clubs have to spend on players. So winning here is very special.”