Reds stick together, says Dalglish

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Kenny Dalglish has shown that price tags or reputation will not influence his Liverpool team selection, and ahead of this weekend's clash with Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester City, the Reds boss has made it clear he will buy replacements if any unhappy players upset the spirit in the camp.

Big-money signings Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson were all left on the bench for last weekend's win at Chelsea, and the Scot insists he is not afraid to do the same again as he picks his players on merit.

"At the end of the day it is hard for those who don't play," said Dalglish. "It is hard to keep them motivated and keep them going - that is understandable.

"If they come in with really good attitudes and not with petty lips when they are left out, it is helpful to everyone.

"For them to have come in with positive attitudes has shown their determination. It hasn't done anyone any harm.

"If they are not committed to playing, it is not going to be my problem, it is going to be their problem because we will go and get people who are determined to play.

"It's not pleasant but it is understandable that there is disappointment if you are not playing every game. But it is a long season and everyone is going to be given their chance."

In last season's corresponding fixture, Liverpool beat City 3-0 - a game which saw Carroll score his first two goals for the Anfield club, but Dalglish says that will have little bearing on his plans for Sunday's encounter.

"You take into account what is happening now," he added. "Just because he scored twice last season doesn't mean he's going to score this time.

"We will all start afresh, Andy included. For the record I thought Andy's best two performances were against Stoke and West Brom."

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