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Dalglish: Hard graft only way to get Reds back up

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish accepts the task of restoring the club to their once-envied position in European football will not be an easy one.

The Scot enjoyed a hugely successful career as a player at Anfield and continued that into his first spell in charge as Reds boss.

One of the most damning statistics which highlights the decline of a club so dominant at home and abroad from the late 1970s through to the late 1980s is that Dalglish is the last Liverpool manager to win the league championship 22 years ago.

The Reds are now eighth in the table, enduring their worst run of form since 1953, and are 16 points adrift of fourth place, with the relegation zone (12 points) closer.


Ahead of today's Premier League clash with Aston Villa, Dalglish said: "It is always difficult to get back to where they were because they were so high up. But it (the method for success) has not changed too much really -- it takes a lot of hard work and a lot of effort.

"We have good players who can get there but you need confidence and belief in yourself and you need a bit of luck. We can work as hard as we possibly can and if we do our side of it then at least we can look at ourselves and say we had a right go at it.

"At every football club it is (about) hard work but I can't believe how hard work is a bonus for people. I think that was taken as given that you work hard; so for us we'll work hard because you get nothing if you don't.

"We just have to keep on going and believing and try to keep our confidence up that the hard work will be rewarded eventually."