Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Dalglish plays down Fergie rivalry

Kenny Dalglish

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is not interested in scoring points against old foe Sir Alex Ferguson - just against his Manchester United team.

The relationship between the two Glaswegians has a long history, stretching back to the first time Dalglish was in charge at Anfield more than 20 years ago. On taking over from Roy Hodgson at a few hours' notice in January, Dalglish's first appearance in the Liverpool dugout second time around was at Old Trafford, where his side were knocked out of the FA Cup.

The Reds gained some revenge a couple of months later with a 3-1 league victory - their third successive league win against United at Anfield. Dalglish stressed personal rivalry was not a motivating factor as the two heavyweights prepare to clash again on Saturday on Merseyside, saying: "I don't have any individual contest with Fergie."

Dalglish added: "These are football clubs that are playing - we don't play any more.

"We can't influence anything other than what we do in the build-up and preparation for the games.

"The most important thing for us is to how we compete on the pitch as a team.

"Head to head (against Ferguson)? I wouldn't have a clue what the score is in that and it doesn't really matter to me.

"I am in competition with him because we are playing against them on Saturday but over and above that we are a unit.

"Everyone has an important role to play and if I continue to do my job, the players do theirs, the fans and owners do theirs we will be much better off.

"It is not about someone getting one over on someone else - it is about the football club."

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