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Anfield legend wants players to work harder and earn luck

Kenny Dalglish believes that a return to winning ways against local rivals Everton on Sunday is the best way to breath confidence back into his Liverpool players.

The Reds are looking to bounce back from two defeats in the space of a week – a loss 1-0 to Manchester United in the FA Cup last weekend before a disappointing 2-1 reverse at Blackpool in midweek.

But Dalglish is confident that his players are in control of the situation they find themselves in and can find get their self-belief back by recording some much needed victories.

"Obviously we'll make mistakes and we'll try to correct them but the great thing the players have in their favour is that they are going to be the ones who dictate how quickly they get self-belief back," Dalglish told reporters on Friday.

"The best way to do it is to start winning matches. The sooner we do that, the quicker the confidence will come.

"There is a big difference between a lack of confidence and complacency. We just need a bit of confidence."

When he arrived at the club for his second stint as a manager, Dalglish spoke about putting a smile back on the players' faces, and the Scotsman believes that his players will need to work hard if they are too earn the good fortune that he thinks they deserve.

"I've managed groups of players that have been worse than this, that's a certainty," the Anfield legend added.

"The second goal [against Blackpool] is something we can do to help ourselves, but I don't think they [the players] have had the benefit of too many fortuitous decisions either.

"Every team that has ever been successful has always needed a bit of good fortune - and we need a little bit of good fortune.

"But we've got to believe in ourselves and work hard enough to get that good fortune to turn our way."

Speaking to Sky Sports News on Friday morning, former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann stated his belief that the loser of Sunday's Merseyside derby would find themselves in a relegation battle – a view that Dalglish does not agree with.

"We're going out to win the game," the Scot said.

"Where it takes us at this moment in time isn't particularly relevant. It's where you are at the end of the season when you add up the points that's the most relevant thing.

"Every week there is a different story to be told."

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