Belfast Telegraph

Dalglish - Bad results are new to me

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish admits the club's current run of bad results places him in unfamiliar territory.

The Reds have lost six of their last seven league matches and have dropped to eighth in the table, making it their worst run of results for 59 years and something that is alien to a man who had so much success at Anfield both as a player and manager.

"Someone told me for the club it was [the worst since] 1953 - I'm not that old and so can't remember that far back," Dalglish said. "But I don't think it matters what the results have been... at any stage of your career you lose games and it is how you react and respond to it which is important."

Liverpool have registered only two league wins since the turn of the year, with the last one of those being last month's 3-0 home Merseyside derby victory over Everton, who have since moved ahead of their near-neighbours in the table.

It has impacted on squad morale at the worst possible time with another meeting with the Toffees in an FA Cup semi-final just over a week away.

Dalglish accepts the cumulative negative effect is getting to the players, but said he believes the only way they can rectify their problems is through good preparation.

"Everyone is disappointed with the results and understands it is much more enjoyable when you win games," he added.

"The frustration and disappointment is something which is a virtue if you can control it. I've been disappointed but I've never been down.

"Everyone needs picking up but the best way to pick yourself up is to put in a winning performance.

"We have to concentrate on ourselves, make sure we get ourselves prepared as well as we can, and go on the pitch on Saturday and give our all."


From Belfast Telegraph