Belfast Telegraph

Dalglish keen to earn Reds' respect

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish will employ the personal touch to impart his vast experience to the players and spark the necessary revival at Anfield.

The 59-year-old won three first division championships as Reds manager and also a Premier League title while boss at Blackburn. Dalglish's previous success at Anfield came with the club still at the peak of their powers, but he dismissed the assessment of critics that the current playing staff is not up to the required standard.

"I think it is the best squad of players I have inherited as a manager since the first time I came here," said Dalglish, who also managed at Newcastle and Celtic. "We don't have much time to get things up and running so the most important people for us are the people here and we will concentrate on them first and everyone will be given an opportunity."

He added: "As far as I can see, the players are 100% committed to what they want to do - to move onwards and upwards. There are no splits or divisions.

"The desire is there in abundance so we will graft as hard as we can and we probably need to work harder in getting things right than some other clubs who are in a better position than us.

"But we won't lose out because of lack of hard work. We will devote as much time to it as we possibly can. At the end of the day it is about players, about people, and your relationship with those players and trying to impart your experience and knowledge on them.

"It is looking after players, getting relationships with players and getting the respect from the players."

The latter should not be difficult for a man who possesses legendary status at the club where he is revered as their greatest player. Nevertheless, after more than a decade out of the game in an official capacity, even Dalglish believes he has to prove something to his modern-day squad.

"It's one thing showing people what you've won - it is another thing to get respect out of them for what you are trying to do and that is what I have got to achieve," he admitted.

"I have no preconceived ideas that because of what I've done it gets me any more respect. The only way to earn players' respect is to work with them, get them on your side and hopefully get the confidence levels up, get a couple wins and take it from there."


From Belfast Telegraph