Friday 23 March 2018

Dalglish: Reds will fight to the end

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has brushed aside suggestions his side's hopes of a top-four finish are over following their midweek collapse to QPR.

The Reds trail Tottenham by 12 points with nine matches remaining after Wednesday's disastrous result.

But Dalglish insists there is no reason to realign their targets as they prepare to host fellow relegation strugglers Wigan this afternoon.

"Whatever we set out to achieve at the start of the season has not changed," said Dalglish.

"What we said was we would try our best to win every game and we will continue to do that.

"It (the QPR result) is disappointing for us in many ways but we have to brush ourselves down, not feel sorry for ourselves, and just get on with it.

"We will keep playing every game and try to get as much as we possibly can."

Dalglish sees no reason to make knee-jerk reactions after a ninth defeat of the season.

"Come the game against Wigan, we will do exactly the same," he said.

"They are in a bit of a pressure situation -- it is the stage of the season when they want to be winning games -- but so are we because we have our pride.

"The result was not good for us at QPR but the performance for 70 minutes was excellent, as good as we have had all season.

"We know Wigan will have a bit of possession as they like to keep it and move it about.

"We have to be patient. We can't get frustrated or agitated."

Right-back Martin Kelly is expected to be fit having been forced off with injury at QPR, but fellow defenders Glen Johnson and Daniel Agger and forward Craig Bellamy are all out.

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