By David Facey
KENNY DALGLISH admitted Liverpool’s home form has become a recurring nightmare.
King Kenny’s Kop flops created enough chances to have single-handedly eclipsed yesterday’s Old Trafford goal-fest.
Instead, they drew another blank — hitting the woodwork twice at the height of a second-half onslaught — before being sunk by Peter Odemwingie’s 75th-minute winner.
The Reds have won just five of their 17 league games at Anfield, dropping 27 points.
Dalglish said: “You can go back over the old interviews and it’s the same thing. It’s not just the story of this game — it’s been like that here at least seven or eight times.
“It sounds repetitive, but I’m not making any excuses, because there isn’t anything drastically wrong.
“Every team, good bad or indifferent, needs a bit of luck to go their way at times and it’s just not happening for us.
“It’s credit to the players that they continue to get forward and make chances after chance, but the woodwork was once again not our best friend.
“I’ve told them it’s got to change some time — there’s not much more I could add.
“It’s not because we are not playing well or prepared well or not given everything to get a result.”
Counterpart Roy Hodgson celebrated his Anfield return with a first Baggies victory at the ground for 45 years.
Hodgson, sacked by Liverpool 15 months ago, was given a warm reception by the fans.
And he said: “It was nice to come back here and the Liverpool supporters gave me a terrific reception.
“I’d have been disappointed if it had been otherwise, because I have a lot of respect for the Liverpool fans. But I didn’t repay them too well by coming away with the win.
“Maybe it was written in the stars, because our last win here was 45 years ago to the day. So yes, you could say there was an element of fate about it.”
Kop skipper Steven Gerrard was missing because of a slight hamstring strain, but Dalglish added: “It was just a precaution. He’ll be OK.”