LIVERPOOL manager Kenny Dalglish admits he faces a challenge to improve the team he inherited from Roy Hodgson but what he is really hoping for is a win.
Having exited the FA Cup at Manchester United on Sunday his first taste of Barclays Premier League action for 12 years ended in a 2-1 defeat at Blackpool.
The Reds have now lost 10 of their 21 league games and extended their woeful away record to just two wins in almost 13 months.
"It's obviously a big challenge, very seldom do you get a job where you walk in with no challenges," he said.
"The encouraging sign is the attitude and desire of the players, which is quite pleasing.
"The only reason we will have a problem is if they don't show commitment to the club and I think they have shown that - we just need a result.
"There are a couple of things that we can sort out. If the problems lie without yourself you have a chance of solving them and we will work in our own way."
Despite taking a third-minute lead through Fernando Torres, Gary Taylor-Fletcher equalised soon after and DJ Campbell struck the winner with 21 minutes to go.
"We are disappointed we have come away from the game with no points," said the Reds boss.
"We got off to a good start; a couple of good passes and Fernando got in and finished really well.
"Their first goal we were on the verge of breaking clear, misplaced a pass and they turned it around, went up the pitch and got a break of the ball off Daniel Agger before their lad finished well.
"If we had just laid the pass off and collected it and gone up the other end of the pitch we would have walked it in for 2-0 and so if there was a turning point that would be it.
"The second goal we cleared the corner quite sufficiently and then it has come back in and we've not picked up."
"We had some good positives but the most positive thing that is going to help the players most of all is to pick up some wins.
"It's all very well being a decent side but every side which has been successful and has ever done anything needs that bit of luck.
"At the moment that has turned against us but the longer we stick in and the less sorry we feel for ourselves the better chance we will have of correcting it."