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Liverpool boss Dalglish heads to Ballynahinch

By Steven Beacom

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish took a break from his side’s preparations for the big Premier League kick-off on Saturday by visiting Northern Ireland today.

Just days before the first game of a new campaign, against Sunderland at Anfield, the Kop idol hitched up at Ballynahinch to attend the launch of a three-day Liverpool Academy, held at Assumption Grammar School.

Dalglish was then due to travel to Jordanstown to attend another soccer school, which will see Liverpool Academy coaches run through training programmes.

The events are run in conjunction with the Happy Children charity and Dalglish’s visit follows up on a promise he made this year that he would make Northern Ireland a regular fixture in his visiting schedule.

“The events will be non-profit-making and hugely enjoyable for the young kids to attend,” said Dalglish.

“I am hoping to be able to support them as much as possible.

“It is hugely encouraging that the community spirit is alive and well in Northern Ireland.”

Dalglish is relsihing the prospect of the coming season and having bought extensively in the transfer market during the summer there are high expectations for the Reds.

The Scot will be determined to start the match with a victory over Steve Bruce’s Sunderland, who themselves have invested heavily in new players in recent months.

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