Dalglish salutes owners

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Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has paid tribute to Fenway Sports Group, a year on from their takeover of the club

Marking exactly 12 months from when the group, headed by chairman John Henry, took over from the much maligned George Gillett and Tom Hicks, Dalglish compared current circumstances to those when he managed the club in his first spell.

In addition, Dalglish hailed the support he's been handed and says that even defeat against Manchester United on Saturday won't overshadow the remarkable job the new owners have done.

"The greatest compliment I can pay to them is that they're as good as the people who ran the club the first time I was here," he said.

"That's a hell of a statement because the people who ran the club then, Sir John Smith and Peter Robinson, were two of the best any football club could ever have had.

"John, Tom Werner and the rest of the investors that have supported this football club have been absolutely fantastic.

"Since I came in January they've been nothing but supportive towards what we have to do. Their ambitions and aims are exactly the same as our most ardent fan - they want to have the success that everyone craves. And they've started off very encouragingly.

"We wish them a happy birthday and if we can get a win to put the icing on the cake then fine, we'll be happy with that.

"But irrespective of the result it won't take away how good they are as owners."

Ahead of the visit of United, Dalglish confirmed that his squad was injury free after the international break, with Glen Johnson and Daniel Agger ready to return to action.

"Everybody's fine," Dalglish added. "The three boys who came back from South America are all fine. It's only myself that's ill! I can't even get a game in a five-a-side.

"But it's only Thursday - we might get a couple (of injuries) tomorrow!"

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