Enrique baffled by Reds’ poor goal return

Carl Markham

LIVERPOOL defender Jose Enrique finds it difficult to comprehend why a team with "amazing" players up front has struggled so much in front of goal this season.

A return of just 37 goals in 32 league matches tells its own story of why the club have failed to make a challenge for the top four. The likes of Fulham, West Brom and even tonight's opponents Blackburn, third from bottom of the table, have all scored more this season.

It is not for the want of trying, having hit the woodwork 28 times, but for some reason things have not clicked up front.

Liverpool's leading scorer, Luis Suarez, has been denied by the frame of the goal on eight occasions – the highest individual tally in the Premier League – and matches the number of league goals he has scored.

Of their other forwards, Craig Bellamy has six, Andy Carroll three, Dirk Kuyt two while Stewart Downing has yet to hit the target in the league.

On Saturday, Suarez scored a late equaliser against Aston Villa but that game was another story of inspired goalkeeping and poor chance conversion. “It is the same story. We had good chances to score and missed them and like many games we just have to win,” said Enrique.

“We played some good football but got just a point. We have some amazing players up front and I don't know what has happened this season but we haven't had any luck in this respect.”

Tonight's match at Ewood Park is the last chance for the players to impress Dalglish ahead of a Wembley FA Cup semi-final against Everton on Saturday.

But Enrique said they all had to focus on securing a first win in five matches. “We have to go to Blackburn, try to win and try to get confidence for the semi-final,” he said.