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Dalglish insists erratic Reds sticking to same formula on the road

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has brushed aside the discrepancy between his side's home and away records and insists there is no difference in their approach.

The Reds have won six matches on the road this season -- two more than they have at home -- but while they have been held at Anfield on eight occasions they have managed just one draw on enemy territory.

Such statistics, on the face of it, could point to a more open approach away from home but Dalglish does not believe that is the case. In fact, he thinks they have produced better football in front of their own fans without true reward.

"A lot of performances at home have been of a high quality and haven't got the result they deserved but away from home we have got better results but maybe not been as attractive," said the Scot.

"We don't change too much wherever we play. We always want to win the game and we'll always put a team out we think is going to win. We want to win at both places, home and away."

Today, seventh-placed Liverpool face Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, where the Black Cats have lost just once in the Premier League since Martin O'Neill took over in early December.

Dalglish recognises the impact O'Neill has had, even if they have taken only a point from their last three matches, without the need for drastic changes to his squad.

"It was a surprise to see Steve Bruce get the sack but obviously results were not impressive and it puts everyone under pressure," said the Reds boss. "They have had a great turnaround. There are not that many players who have come in to change it so obviously they are playing with greater commitment and are playing much better now.

"The results give them confidence and belief which they didn't have beforehand. They've done very well since he went in there and made themselves very difficult to beat.

"It is going to be a difficult task for us but I've never been up there and it has been easy so it won't be much change for us."

Last season Liverpool went to Wearside and won 2-0, somewhat controversially, after a generous penalty decision allowed them to open the scoring ahead of Luis Suarez scoring a second before the hosts' misery was completed when John Mensah was sent off.

Suarez's was a strike Dalglish remembers fondly and would be more than happy to see repeated with his team desperate to add more goals to their approach play.

"It was a fantastic goal he scored at Sunderland -- and a fantastic performance from everyone involved at the club," said the Scot.


Having strengthened their squad, and picked up their first trophy in six years with the League Cup victory over Cardiff last month, Liverpool are undoubtedly in a better position as they head to Sunderland almost exactly 12 months on from their last visit.

"People who watch this club and who work here know the work which has been done and the turnaround which has taken place," he added.

"We don't shout our mouth off about what we have done, where we have come from and where we want to go. We will continue to do our best in training and in matches. The players are enjoying what they are doing and coming into work and playing football -- but it is much more enjoyable when you win."

Captain Steven Gerrard and right-back Glen Johnson are set to return to the squad having missed last weekend's defeat to Arsenal with minor injuries.

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