Liverpool striker Luis Suarez believes the team have been unlucky rather than wasteful in front of goal and is hopeful their fortune will change next season.
The Reds have scored just 40 goals in 33 league matches, which puts them on a par with 13th-placed West Brom although their record is slightly better than Everton, immediately above them in seventh. Conversely they have hit the frame of the goal 29 times in all competitions this season.
"When you shoot, you can look for the spaces between the posts and the goalkeeper," Suarez told LFC magazine. "But instinctively you usually aim for the corners, which means that there's a chance the ball might hit the post and I think we have hit the post more times than the crossbar."
He added: "Sometimes this happens. As a striker, you can shoot from 25 yards and hit the post with a shot that is technically perfect.
"But you can also be looking the wrong way, the ball hits you on the knee and it goes in. The next minute, you score again and you're on a run.
"There is an element of luck. It would be more worrying if chances were not being created.
"Maybe next season, all the ones that hit the post and come out may go in."