Dalglish: I owe Liverpool more than they owe me

Kop legend confesses that an FA Cup win on Saturday would only begin to repay what he feels he has to bring to his beloved club after a disappointing league campaign
Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish believes that an FA Cup success over Chelsea this weekend would not even begin to repay his debt to Reds fans.

The Scot had confessed prior to taking over from Roy Hodgson for a second spell in charge on January 2011 that he felt he owed the club where he secured three FA Cups during his spells as a player and manager.

"I've always said that if I can help the football club in any way, shape or form I would always be there to help. That's all I've done," Dalglish told reporters on Saturday. "I was lucky to get back in. It was unfortunate for Roy but someone's misfortune is someone else's good fortune.

"I owe the football club a lot more than they owe me. I will always feel that. Because it's Liverpool Football Club and because of the opportunities they have given me. The football club is always more important than any one individual and I'm no different."

Dalglish's second spell at the helm has seen League Cup victory and a possible double to be secured at Wembley juxtaposed with disappointing Premier League form, where the Reds are currently eighth with two games to go.

And the Kop legend conceded: "We would love to have done better in the league but you can't take away from the performances in the cups. If we get the league performances right then next season will be good.

"We've done brilliantly in the cups and you can't underestimate that but everyone knows we haven't done in the league what we expected ourselves to do let alone what anyone else expected us to do. That's a disappointment.

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"But let's wait and see what happens between now and the end of the season before we start making judgments on what we've done. We said that right at the start so I see no reason to change it with three games of the season left.

"At the end of the season we will sit down and have the analysis ourselves. It will be done in-house before it's done in public."

Liverpool, and Dalglish in particular, have an excellent record against Chelsea of late and have beaten them twice already this season, in both the Premier League and League Cup.

Both times the Reds utilised a three-man defence but the Scot is not fooled by his side's record and, with interim Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo helping the west Londoners transform their season, Dalglish is wary of the threat that they pose.

"Chelsea are probably getting better results now than when we played them in those games," the 61-year-old noted. "But I don't think it matters what the results were previously. It's just what happens on the day.

"As good as their results have been, like anyone else you need a bit of luck to go with the talent and ability they've got. We have got to compete against them. We know they are a good side but I don't think we're too bad either when to play to our level."

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