Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is confident the surprise departure of director of football Damien Comolli will not distract his team ahead of Saturday's FA Cup semi-final against Everton.

This season the Reds have attracted their fair share of bad headlines for things happening off the field, and the timing of this latest announcement appeared odd just a couple of days ahead of a Wembley derby.

But Dalglish said: "The preparation for the game will go ahead as planned. We will just concentrate on the game and go ahead with it, that is what we are here for."

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