Dalglish: We can keep Yakubu at bay
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish admits Blackburn striker Ayegbeni Yakubu poses a threat at Anfield on Boxing Day, but is confident his in-form defence will keep the Nigerian quiet.
Rovers' summer signing from Everton has 10 Barclays Premier League goals - including four in one match against Swansea three weeks ago - this season. However, the Reds have the most miserly defence in the top flight having conceded just 13 times in 17 league matches and have kept seven clean sheets, five of which have been in the last eight games.
"His goal tally is pretty impressive for a team at the bottom of the table," said the Reds boss. "He's a clinical finisher. He got four against Swansea and got another goal the other night (against Bolton). He is a threat, but then there are a lot of good strikers that Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel have come up against recently and they've been playing particularly well."
He added: "We won't be presumptuous that they are going to play well but then again we won't be presuming Yakubu is going to score against us either.
"It will be a decent game, and it will be a good competition between Yakubu and ourselves.
"If we take our eye off everyone else and just concentrate on Yakubu then we could find ourselves in trouble, so we've got to be responsible and look after everybody.
"But he has certainly had a good goalscoring season this year."