Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish believes an "obsession" with the Barclays Premier League appears to be reducing the value of winning cup competitions.

The Reds head into Saturday's FA Cup final against Chelsea looking for their second piece of silverware this season having already lifted the Carling Cup. However, Liverpool's league form has been wildly inconsistent in the current campaign and a fourth home defeat to Fulham on Tuesday night means they have now dropped 30 points at Anfield and sit in eighth place.

Dalglish believes Liverpool's league form should not take away from their progress in knockout competitions, and said: "There is an obsession with the Premier League simply because of what it holds for every club and the value financially for every club, the rewards you get for finishing in the top four and getting in the Champions League."

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