Liverpool boss keeps focus on Sparta

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Kenny Dalglish refuses to look beyond Thursday night's clash with Sparta Prague as the momentum behind his Liverpool revival continues to gather.

Dalglish has transformed the mood at Anfield since taking charge seven weeks ago and the ground is sold out for the Europa League visit of the Czechs, who held Liverpool to a goalless draw in the first leg.

Supporters yearning for a resurgence would love a trip to the final in Dublin in May but Dalglish is playing down growing expectations.

"We've got to win the game tomorrow (Thursday) night first," said the Scot ahead of the round of 32 return match. "We don't need to run too fast. As we've always said, the next game is the most important one."

He added: "We've got to concentrate on that and get as much as we can from it, so that's all we're going to try and do.

"We've never promised anything other than hard work and 100% commitment.

"If we stop doing that then we've got a problem, but these boys have been brilliant in that department so far."


Having held out last week, Liverpool will be favourites to progress in front of their own fans.

Yet after failing to register a shot on target in Prague, the Reds will need to show more adventure against a team short of match action after their winter break.

Dalglish said: "Sparta are a difficult side to break down, that was shown last week.

"I don't think they will be too different to what they were, but hopefully we will be different."

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