Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Dalglish not thinking about Europe

Kenny Dalglish

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish insists he is not even thinking about the prospect of European football - despite the fact they are closer to qualifying for it than they have been all season.

After last weekend's win over Newcastle lifted the Reds into fifth place, their highest position of the campaign, the debate began to intensify about whether the Europa League would be a good thing for a club trying to win back their place in the top four.

"I find it very difficult to predict the future," said the 60-year-old Scot. "We've always said we would get our reward at the end of the season - we never set ourselves any target."

He added: "We don't have that (Europa League) problem yet and so until it arises we don't have to solve anything - the biggest problem I have is Fulham on Monday night. There will be problems to be solved at the end of the season and if we get the Europa League that will be one of the problems.

"Planning for next season started a good while ago, that (Europa League) is just one thing which has to be taken into consideration but you cannot predict what is going to happen so there is no point in worrying about that."

Although highly ambitious even Dalglish could not have expected the turnaround in fortunes which has taken place under his guidance.

Dalglish once again played down his influence over proceedings, insisting he was not aware of a huge change in the way things worked.

"I have just noticed the players being really enthusiastic in training and in the way they've worked and they've had their reward for it on the pitch," he said.

"We've not been disappointed with any single player's attitude since we came in.

"On Thursday night a few of the lads (Joe Cole, Christian Poulsen, David Ngog and Jonjo Shelvey) played for the reserves and they had a great attitude towards the game, were fully committed and got a great deal out of it. That will do us no harm whatsoever, and neither will it do the players any harm either."

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