Dalglish defiant on Liverpool's hopes of reaching Champions League despite collapse at QPR
07:47 GMT, 22 March 2012
Kenny Dalglish stood defiantly by his players despite watching Liverpool capitulate at Loftus Road on Wednesday night.
Leading 2-0 with just 13 minutes left to play, the Anfield club somehow managed to leave Queens Park Rangers empty-handed after a dramatic comeback.
And a feisty Dalglish refused to criticise his side before storming out of a quickfire post-match press-conference.
Capitulation: Liverpool surrendered a 2-0 lead
He said: 'No one has spoken in the dressing room. I can't explain it, it's not lack of concentration, we give QPR a bit of credit.
'There's not much more to say, I don't have answers to what happened but we have to find answers. For most of the game we were dominant.
'We were creative, thoughtful and professional but they've walked away with three points. We did concentrate, there's no need to find something. Our players didn't get what they deserved.'
The defeat leaves Liverpool eight points off a Champions League spot but Dalglish said: ‘It’s not over until it’s over.’
Defiant: Dalglish defended his side
QPR's victory dragged them out of the bottom three and manager Mark Hughes feels it could prove to be the pivotal moment of their season.
He said: ‘This could be a defining moment, so we have to make sure it is. This night is up there with some of the best I’ve had as a manager. We may look back at this and say that was when we turned our season around.
Turning point: Hughes was thrilled with QPR's comeback
‘People have written us off but you do that at your peril because I know the quality of players we’ve got.’
QPR captain Joey Barton was booed by his own supporters when he was substituted in the second half.
Hughes added: ‘Joey wasn’t having the best of times and I felt I needed to make the change. But he is a strong character and is a big part of what we are doing here.’