GARY Ablett stressed the need for improvement from top to bottom after watching his Liverpool Reserves side draw 0-0 with Hull City on Tuesday night.

Failure to beat the Barclays Premier Reserve League North’s bottom side at the Halliwell Jones meant the Reds extended their winless run to four games.

Just eight months after winning the league title, Liverpool Reserves sit ninth in the 11-team league, with just two wins from nine games.

And Ablett is aware standards need to be raised across the board.

He said: “We were very poor, you can’t hide that fact.

“We are pleased with our back four and the goalie, they looked quite solid and strong but you aren’t going to win games if you can’t score goals.

"All season our problem has been that we haven't created enough chances and lack cutting edge in the final third.

“We’ll just have to go back to the training ground and work on that. We need to improve as coaches and hopefully then that will transfer to the players.”

Neither team genuinely looked like scoring in a dull game played out in front of the lowest crowd yet for a Reds game at the Halliwell Jones, just 342.

Hungarian hotshot Krisztian Nemeth fired narrowly wide of the post after 11 minutes but Hull came closest in the first half, Nick McNamara blazing over from close range after Joe Lamplough had nodded a cross down to him.

Lamplough missed another good chance after the break, while Liverpool’s promising young Spaniard Daniel Pacheco had a shot turned round the post by Tom Woodhead.

Jay Spearing then had a golden chance to win it for the Reds in injury time but fired wide when one-on-one with the keeper.