Liverpool news

Dalglish: Owner's visits not important

April 19, 2012
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has played down the importance of a second Anfield visit from club owner John Henry in the space of a week, insisting it is no more than a regular check-up.

Kenny Dalglish and John Henry were all smiles after the Carling Cup victory
GettyImagesKenny Dalglish and John Henry were all smiles after the Carling Cup victory

Dalglish, 61, had been under pressure after poor league form in recent weeks saw the Reds slip back from contention for European places to lie eighth in the Premier League, well off the pace set by the top six.

"We spoke to the owners, we speak to them frequently enough in the normal course of events,'' Dalglish told the massed reporters.

"They own the club and [if] they want to speak to the people they employ they are entitled to do that. It doesn't matter [where they are], if you talk to someone you talk to them. We've had plenty of conversations but they will remain private.

"We don't tell everyone what we speak about and I don't think there is any danger of us ever coming out publicly and saying what our conversations have been. It it our own private business and that is the way it should be.

"I don't know what the big deal is - if you run the football club you talk to the manager, you talk to whoever you want, it is your club.I don't even see why it keeps coming up. I don't hear people asking everyone else if they have spoken to their owners this week.''

With Liverpool set to take on West Brom this Sunday, the experienced Scot does not believe that his side will suffer a similar Wembley hangover as after their Carling Cup final victory in February.

Following the penalty shootout victory over Cardiff, Liverpool went on a run of just one win in seven league games. However, Dalglish believes his squad will not suffer from complacency.

"They are coming off the back of a fantastic performance and result at Wembley on Saturday, but for us to think that it is finished would be wrong and we want to continue,'' said the manager.

"I don't think they had a problem the last time (after winning the Carling Cup in February). They played Arsenal and they were magnificent, although the result (a last-minute 2-1 defeat) was not what we hoped for or what we deserved.

"It is not difficult for them to lift themselves. They are not complacent or arrogant; we are delighted we got the result at the weekend but we will not get carried away.

"The players have been really professional in the way they have gone about their job and I am sure they will continue to do that from now until the end of the season in every game we play.

"They come in and are determined to do their training properly and they want to win every game on the pitch. We try our best to win, we want to win and we are capable of winning so if we go about it in the right way and not rest on our laurels we will be okay. They enjoyed the result (against Everton) but I am sure they will dust themselves down and try to get some positive results from now until the end of the season.

"Although we haven't won as many games as we would have liked in the league we have still given ourselves fantastic opportunities to do that. We will just plod on and as long as we believe in each other we will be okay. We have important games coming up and we want to win them.''