Published On: Sat, Mar 30th, 2019

Liverpool news: Sir Kenny Dalglish sends ‘MOST important’ message | Football | Sport

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The Reds are going up against a more experienced title rival in Manchester City with seven games remaining between now and the end of the season.

Man City are two points behind Liverpool, albeit with an extra game to play, but are the bookmakers’ favourite to win the league after doing so with an unprecedented 100 points last season.

Liverpool’s bottle has come into question of late, having undergone a brief lull in which they drew four times in six Premier League matches, with suggestions that the pressure will get to Jurgen Klopp’s side.

That’s because the craving for domestic success is arguably greater on the red half of Merseyside than anywhere else in the country, having gone 29 years since the last of their 18 top-flight titles.

Since then, they have watched arch rivals Manchester United be crowned champions 13 times to overtake them as England’s most successful team – with United fans taking every opportunity to remind Liverpool of their title wait.

Liverpool have gone close to ending their drought on several occasions, most notably in 2013-14 when a cruel twist of fate saw captain and club legend Steven Gerrard centre stage as then-manager Brendan Rodgers and his side threw away their lead with just three games to go.

While times have changed and Liverpool are led by a new manager in Klopp and just two men from that squad – current skipper Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge – remain prominent members under the German, there have been claims that the club’s lack of familiarity with challenging for titles so deep into the campaign will ultimately prove their unravelling.

But Dalglish – winner of six English titles as a player and a four as a manager – believes nervousness is a key part of it all, as long as Liverpool’s players do not allow it to eat them up.

The legendary Scot said to Liverpool’s official website: “It’s about how you feel within yourself, that’s the most important thing.

“What goes on inside the football club is more important than the external stuff. 

“I would say that most games that you go to play, you’re going to be nervous.

“We were nervous before every game and if you’re not nervous, I think you’ve got a problem. 

“If you’ve got your nerves and a wee bit of anticipation, then you’re looking forward to the game and I don’t see anything wrong with that. 

“So, nervous? Why? If you make a bad pass, does that mean you’re nervous? I don’t think so; you’ve made a bad pass because you’ve made a bad pass! 

“You can interpret it any way you want, the only thing it doesn’t change is that it might have been a bad pass. So just carry on what we’ve done before.”

Seven games separate this Liverpool team and a potential place in history, with Tottenham the first team looking to trip Klopp and co. up tomorrow (4.30pm) – but Dalglish has urged his former side not to think too much about the ramifications of results between now and May 12.

He added: “People will have their say, it’s up to them, and at the end of the season they’ll add up the points and you’ll see how well you’ve done in the Champions League and you’ll assess it then. 

“There’s no need to go assessing things now or to try to predict what’s going to happen between now and the end of the season.”



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