Dalglish plays down Man United clash

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish insists the upcoming game against Manchester United is not the Reds' biggest match of the season.

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In fact, the Scot believes that every match has equal importance, and his main motivation for a win on Saturday is solely towards improving their league position, rather than getting one up on their bitter rivals.

"People say this is the biggest game of the season but I don't look at any game as being big or small," Dalglish said according to The Sun.

"It's another game, another three points for a win."

Dalglish added that the only significance of Saturday's match at Anfield was that a win would move Liverpool closer to United at the summit of the Barclays Premier League table.

"The only difference this time is the fact that, if we win, we will move a bit closer to them.

"It's an opportunity to help yourself and dent their chances at the same time."

Nonetheless, Dalglish concedes United have had a good start to the season, despite a number of injury problems.

"United have started the season very well. They're sitting on top at the moment and that's where everybody wants to be.

"They've had a lot of injuries too but coped well with them. Like all managers, Fergie [United manager Sir Alex Ferguson] is waiting to see how his players are after playing for their countries."

Dalglish oversaw Liverpool's 3-1 win over United in the same fixture last season, which was the Reds' fourth win in their last six league encounters.

But the Liverpool manager knows it will be a tough encounter once again this Saturday.

"In this fixture last season, we got our reward for playing very well and won 3-1.

"But we won't get anything on Saturday because of what we did the last time we faced off against them.

"We know what we're up against and so do they. Nobody will have an easy 90 minutes. That's what the Premier League is all about."

Liverpool fans will be hoping that inspirational captain Steven Gerrard returns to the starting lineup on Saturday, after a successful return from a groin injury in Liverpool's last couple of matches.

But Dalglish will wait for all his players to return from international duty before making a decision on Saturday's starting eleven.

"We will have to see how fit or otherwise everyone is when they come back from international duty, before we can properly prepare for the weekend."

Liverpool are currently six points behind United, and are fifth in the league standings.



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