Goalkeepers save their best for Anfield, says Enrique


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Full-back Jose Enrique blames bad luck and good goalkeepers for Liverpool's lack of goals this season.

The Blackburn goalkeeper Michael Bunn produced a string of saves to deny Liverpool in the 1-1 draw at Anfield on Boxing Day – continuing a trend that has seen Kenny Dalglish's side score just 21 goals in 18 league games this season.

"It's the same every single week and I don't know what has happened," Enrique said.

"We had a lot of chances and that was important. But I don't know what happens with the keepers when they come here. He [Bunn] was the man of the match again. I just think when the luck comes we will start to get a lot of points."

If Enrique is perplexed at why Anfield brings out the best in visiting keepers, he has a view on why his former Newcastle team-mate Andy Carroll is struggling to live up to his hefty price tag almost a year after his £35m move to Liverpool. Carroll made a rare start against Blackburn.

"The most important thing for him was he had the opportunity [to play] again," Enrique said. "He had three good chances to score but it was the same for him as everyone.

"Andy is a great player. Nobody pays £35m for a player for nothing and Andy is a great player. He is value. When he starts to score one goal, he will score many goals.

"It is a different style of play here. We have Luis [Suarez], we have Dirk Kuyt, Craig Bellamy – all of them are different. For the style of English football, Andy is very important. You are firing crosses in from everywhere and Andy is capable of scoring a goal. That is very important."