Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says he does not regret the decision to send forward Andy Carroll to West Ham on loan.
The Reds were held to a 0-0 draw at struggling Reading on Saturday while England international Carroll scored his fifth goal in seven for the Hammers, as they drew 1-1 at Southampton.
But Rodgers thinks a superb display by Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy was more responsible for the stalemate at the Madejski Stadium than any lack of attacking threat from his side.
"It's not at all unfortunate that Andy's scoring goals," said Rodgers. "We're the fourth highest goalscorers in the league, so scoring hasn't been a problem for us.
"Andy's situation is really simple. He didn't want to stay and be on the bench, he wanted to play games.
"You always try to find solutions to break down the opposition. We broke down Reading, we just came up against a keeper who was inspired."
It was a second successive 0-0 draw for Liverpool, who were held by West Ham at Anfield in their previous Premier League fixture.
But Rodgers said: "We can have no complaints this year, we've scored many goals. But, in the last two games, we just haven't been able to produce the goal, which sometimes happens.
"But we've kept a clean sheet as well. That's 13 clean sheets, which is one of the best records in the league.
"These are marginal gains that we'll take, but we know we have to finish off games like that in the future."
"It's a process and what I'm seeing all the time is the hunger, spirit and determination of the team."