Rodgers targets attacking reinforcements for Liverpool

LIVERPOOL (AFP) - Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers feels his side need to add "one or two" attacking players in the close season after failing to unlock Everton's defence in a 0-0 draw with their Merseyside rivals.

Daniel Sturridge, Steven Gerrard and Daniel Agger all missed good chances for the hosts, who are now almost certain to finish below their neighbours in the Premier League as they trail them by five points with just two games to go.

"We need to find one or two players to help make the difference in games like that," said Rodgers. "We have had a lot of draws now this season (13) and we need to find a solution for that. "We were not at our best against Everton, but you have to make sure you're competitive. We have kept another clean sheet, which is 15 now for the season.

"You need to be strong defensively as well as attacking. We have scored a lot of goals this year, but we need to improve against teams who defend and sit back." While the talk before the game was about a possible power shift on Merseyside, afterwards the main discussion point was Sylvain Distin's disallowed goal.

The Everton defender rose above Jamie Carragher, who was playing his final Merseyside derby before retirement, to head home Leighton Baines' corner in the second half, but referee Michael Oliver had already blown for a foul on goalkeeper Pepe Reina by Everton striker Victor Anichebe.

Everton manager David Moyes was not in agreement and he claimed decisions like that are the reason why the Toffees are without a win at Anfield since 1999.

"It was a goal, a legitimate goal," said Moyes. "The goalkeeper runs into Victor Anichebe and it's a goal. The referee said that Victor impeded the goalkeeper, but it was actually the goalkeeper who ran into him.

"So it can't possibly be a free-kick. It is frustrating because people are quite quick to remind me that I have not won here at Anfield, but if you don't get any decisions it is very hard to win here.

"And that is quite a regular occurrence when we come to Anfield.

"It was not a foul. It's disappointing, because it is not easy to come here and win. I need to have something going for me, you need to get something." However, Rodgers felt Oliver had got the decision right.

"When you see it again, the referee has a good sight of it early and as the ball leaves the corner, he blows up for a foul," said the Liverpool manager.

"The referee saw it early and clear. I thought Michael was very good. He is a young referee who is coming through the game and he was excellent.

"I don't think we were fortunate. It is one of them ones where, if you're the manager like myself, you see it as the correct one. I'm sure David will be disappointed it didn't stand." While the point effectively ensures Everton will finish above Liverpool for the second successive season, it also means that their Europa League hopes are probably over as they trail fifth-place Tottenham Hotspur by five points, having played a game more.

Moyes said he saw no consolation in the fact that Everton will still get one over their local rivals.

"The only thing that does matter for us is the European picture, because we are trying to get back among the bigger boys and play on that stage as regularly as we can," he said.

"I don't take comfort in finishing above Liverpool. For me, it is about qualifying for Europe. That would be my main objective and that hasn't changed."

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