Reds boss Dalglish wants players to be committed yet cool in derby clash
By PA Sport | Posted 01-Oct-2011
Liverpool boss Dalglish wants players to be committed, yet cool in today's derby clash against Everton
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has called for his players to be committed but cool in the fevered atmosphere of the 216th Merseyside derby at Goodison Park today. The Reds have played well in short spells this season but the Scot knows it will require more than that to beat their nearest neighbours and closest rivals. "The most important thing for us is to be confident, composed and have the belief we can win the game," he said.
Big clash: Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish. Pic/Getty Images
"It is up to us to get that into our players and get them to believe it. We know we have to be totally committed to get the result because if we aren't we won't get anything. "You have to earn things you want in this life and if we want three points from Goodison on Saturday then we will need to stand up and be counted because they will make it difficult for us."
There has been plenty of speculation about whether Dirk Kuyt, who has been left out of the starting line-up in the last two Premier League matches, could be due for a recall with his experience and work-rate seen as ideal qualities for games such as these.
Dalglish has, however, tried to keep changes to a minimum and although some players have been disappointed he is pleased that there is now real competition within the squad. "Dirk works very hard � and so does everybody," added the Reds boss. "We're not going to get anywhere without people working hard in training because it's an important part of preparation for games. Everybody has been a tremendous credit to themselves in the way they've conducted themselves in training and the effort and commitment they've put into it.
"If you want to play, you've got to do that. If you do, then when you're given your opportunity, it's much easier for you to succeed. "We keep saying we've got a stronger squad than last year, so that means the competition will be greater as well. The better the players play when they're given the opportunity, the greater the competition will be."