Saturday 25 January 2020

Meltdown at QPR can help spur Liverpool on -- Dalglish

Carl Markham

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish wants his players to keep the midweek collapse at QPR in mind and treat it as an experience to learn from.

The Reds capitulated against the relegation strugglers at Loftus Road, moving 2-0 ahead before conceding three in the final 13 minutes. Dalglish preferred to focus on the positives of the performance up until the late drama, but he accepts that is something they cannot just erase and pretend never happened.

"Any defeat is difficult to take but it is more difficult to take when you play as well as they did the other night," said the Scot. "But they have to get over it and take confidence from the 77 minutes they were magnificent.

"Don't cut out the last 13 minutes, just learn from it. We won't be easing the last 13 minutes from our memory but we will work hard to make sure it doesn't happen again. There is no way we are going to dismiss a match.

"For us so much of it was excellent the other night. Just putting the final part to the excellent work they have done is probably the most difficult part of anything."

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Dalglish brushed aside suggestions his side's hopes of a top-four finish were over as they now trail Tottenham by 12 points with nine matches remaining.

"Whatever we set out to achieve at the start of the season has not changed," added the Reds boss.

"What we said was we would try our best to win every game and we will continue to do that.

"It (the QPR result) is disappointing for us in many ways but we have to brush ourselves down, not feel sorry for ourselves and just get on with it.

"We will keep playing every game and try to get as much as we possibly can. We have to keep going and try to please as many people as we can who support Liverpool."

Right-back Martin Kelly is expected to be fit having been forced off with injury at QPR but fellow defenders Glen Johnson and Daniel Agger and forward Craig Bellamy are all out.

Liverpool are still awaiting the results of an assessment on midfielder Charlie Adam's knee problem, sustained at Loftus Road, before deciding whether he can be involved today.

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