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Dalglish: Nothing personal with me and Sir Alex Ferguson

By Steven Beacom

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has attempted to play down the rivalry between him and Sir Alex Ferguson ahead of Manchester United’s highly anticipated visit to Anfield tomorrow.

This is the first Premier League meeting (kick-off 12.45pm) between the two sides since United moved to a record 19 titles ahead of Liverpool’s 18.

That’s just one of the many elements to what tends to be a powderkeg affair, though Dalglish insists his personal battle with Ferguson is way down the list, even though the pair have clashed in the past when the younger of the two was in charge of the Merseyside outfit in the late 80s and early 90s.

Since Dalglish’s return to Liverpool earlier this year he has locked horns with Ferguson twice.

United won the FA Cup third-round tie, just hours after Dalglish had replaced Roy Hodgson, but Liverpool maintained their Anfield winning streak with a 3-1 win courtesy of a Dirk Kuyt hat-trick, when Luis Suarez was in inspired form.

“I'm not egotistical, I'm not in this to get one over anyone else,” said Dalglish.

“I don't have any individual contest with Fergie. These are football clubs that are playing — we don't play anymore. We can't influence anything other than what we do in the build-up and preparation for the games.

“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.

“It is not about someone getting one over on someone else — it is about the football club.”

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