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Apr 5, 2012

Dalglish expecting reaction

Kenny Dalglish has urged Liverpool to put their recent slump behind them and return to winning ways against Aston Villa on Saturday.

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The Reds have won just one of their last eight Premier League matches and have lost three on the bounce, including defeats to relegation-threatened Queens Park Rangers and Wigan.

Their latest defeat came at the hands of Dalglish's former club Newcastle as the Magpies all but ended Liverpool's hopes of Champions League football next season, but Dalglish insists the players are ready to move on.

"Everything that happened on Sunday was addressed on Sunday and dealt with," Dalglish said. "The players came in Monday, they trained yesterday. Obviously there is a disappointment amongst everybody with the recent run of results but the only way we are going to address that and rectify it is to go into Saturday with our heads up.

"They have just got to put the frustration and disappointment to the side and realise that they are good players."

Liverpool host Villa on Saturday before travelling to Ewood Park on Tuesday to face Blackburn, and Dalglish believes his side can channel their recent frustrations into successive victories.

"The best way to pick yourselves up is to put in a winning performance," Dalglish said. "That's what we are determined to do. The frustration and disappointment is something that is a virtue in some ways if we can just control it.

"They can come down and train whether they have played well or played badly, and they have done that, the training has been impressive."

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