Dalglish: Hot streak due to defence


Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has put his side’s recent unbeaten run down to defensive excellence.


The Anfield outfit haven’t tasted defeat for nine games now, which is Dalglish’s longest run since 1991. The Scot is pleased further because Liverpool now have the joint best defence in the league with Manchester City, who they meet on Sunday at Anfield.


Dalglish said: “I think we defended well (at Chelsea). Along with Man City, we now have the joint best defensive record in the league so we must be doing something right.


“It’s not just Pepe (Reina) and the lads at the back who are responsible for that. It’s everyone.


“The game was our ninth without defeat in all competitions. That’s a good response to the losses at Stoke and Spurs back in September.”


He added: “We’ll just keep going now and see how far we can stretch this run.”


The Kop boss also feels his side will have gained an advantage over Sunday’s opponents due to City’s exerts in the Champions League on Tuesday night.


However, he was not about to underestimate the league leaders and is preparing for a tough encounter: “It will be difficult against Man City, we know that.


“They have a fantastic array of players there, probably two for each position, if not more in some cases. They’re top of the league and are playing very well.


“Not being in Europe means we have a week to prepare for their visit. City had a Champions League game on Tuesday night and might make a few changes to their line-up.


“We’d much rather be in Europe than not be. But for us it’s not about having the time to get ready, it’s how we use that time to prepare. We’ll do that properly and see what the weekend brings.”

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