Dalglish: Liverpool a 'work in progress'
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has called on supporters to give the club time to rebuild, and insisted there was never going to be a quick-fix to challenge at the top of the Premier League.
Dalglish has already won the Carling Cup and his side will face Chelsea in the FA Cup final next month. But there has been discontent over their league form, with a recent run of one win in nine games leaving them in eighth and 13 points behind the Champions League places.
"It is called a work in progress," Dalglish told the club's official website. "We have said that many times before and there is no need for us to change.
"After the Carling Cup I said we are not the finished article and we are saying the same thing now. I have never said at any time that we were the finished article and we won't say that now.
"But every bit of knowledge I have got, every effort I have got, will go towards trying to get the football team moving in the right direction.
"To go forward and be successful, sometimes you need to get battered along the way. We need to be confident enough in our own beliefs and the people who support us have to be strong in their knowledge that what we are doing is correct.
"This football club is a fantastic example to anyone else that wants to have a football club that when there is a wee bit of mud flying about, they close ranks and get together.
"That is the football club I used to know and it's the football club I am getting back to knowing now. If it's me that's getting dog's abuse, good, because it takes the pressure off the players and my skin is a bit thicker than some of theirs. There's a lot of them here for the first time in their first year.
"It is important for everybody to go through some bad bits to realise how good the good bits are. I've been there before and I suppose I will be there again at some stage."
Meanwhile, Glen Johnson has stressed the players must remain focused on their league form despite the FA Cup final meeting with Chelsea.
"We'll take each game as it comes. The preparations will be the same as usual,'' the England international said. "We've got a game on Sunday against West Brom so we've got to enjoy the win and then we'll look forward to that game before the final.
"We need to take every game as it comes and we've got a few more games before then. But it (the final) is going to be there in the back of people's minds. Hopefully we can pick up another trophy.
"The lads got a buzz for winning stuff a few months back in the Carling Cup and luckily we're in another final.''