Dalglish communication is the key for Clarke

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Liverpool assistant manager Steve Clarke believes the Reds' revival can be attributed to the way Kenny Dalglish communicates with his players.

Since the return of Anfield’s prodigal son, only Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester United have picked up more points than Liverpool.

And Clarke says that 'King' Kenny has the 'gift of the gab' when it comes to getting the best out of his squad.

"When you've got someone as experienced as Kenny who says the right words at the right time, it can only help," he said.

"Every manager I've worked with - you pick up good qualities from all of them and so far, in a short space of time, I've seen a lot of great qualities from Kenny."


Dalglish has utilised his squad to the maximum, after picking up a growing list of injuries in recent weeks and months.

An emphasis has been placed on a revised youth policy, with promising youngsters being promoted into the first-team, and they are relishing the opportunity that has been presented to them.

Martin Kelly, Jay Spearing, John Flanagan, and most recently Jack Robinson have all been handed senior debuts under Dalglish's stewardship.

His faith and encouraging words have played a key factor in their progress – something that was on show again at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

"Before Jack went on Kenny was making a joke and trying to relax him going onto the pitch," Clarke continued.

"Obviously it's a very nerve-racking moment for a young player and Kenny was trying to take the edge out of the situation."

The weekend's draw with Arsenal represented another positive result for Liverpool after going behind so late in the game.

And as the season reaches its climax, Reds fans will be hoping Dalglish's wise words will continue to do the job, and propel them into a Europa League qualification spot come May.

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