Belfast Telegraph

City hold no fears for Dalglish

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish insists super-rich Manchester City's super-talented squad hold no fears for his side.

The air of invincibility which has enveloped the Barclays Premier League leaders has evaporated over the festive period. City have taken just one point from two matches, during which time they have failed to score against West Brom and Sunderland, who inflicted only their second defeat of the campaign at the Stadium of Light.

They were second best in their encounter at Anfield in late November but escaped with a 1-1 draw, and Dalglish said: "They are a fantastic side but so are we so we are not going to go there and be scared."

He added: "It is all well and good saying they have loads of money but they have a good team. The money they have everyone else would love to have but unfortunately they don't.

"We will go and play whichever 11 they put on the pitch and it doesn't matter how much they cost. But we have the utmost respect for what they have done, we will respect and appreciate their ability.

"They are certainly a really difficult side to play against and we have our work cut out but we will work hard and fingers crossed we will come home with a result."

Liverpool have had two days extra to recover since their last outing and despite City's vast depth of playing resources Dalglish has some sympathy for counterpart Roberto Mancini.

"I know people will say he has a massive squad and enough to field two teams but you have to take the players into consideration because they are the ones who are the main attraction," added the Reds boss.

"There has to be a bit of common-sense and a game on the first and third (of January) is a bit unreasonable really. There has to be a reasonable amount of time for players to recover.

"But I think television has been massively helpful to many people in the Premier League so we cannot cut off the hand that feeds us."


From Belfast Telegraph