Tuesday 13 March 2012

Dalglish calls for Liverpool response

Reds boss says derby is ideal time to end recent slump in Barclays Premier League form

Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez scored as Liverpool won 2-0 at Everton in October

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is determined that his side return to winning ways in Tuesday night’s Merseyside derby against Everton.

The Reds have struggled for form in the Barclays Premier League since the start of the year, with one win, two draws and five defeats in their last eight matches.

"Everyone is a bit down after recent results but we want to put a smile back on their faces"
- Steven Gerrard

They lost 1-0 to Sunderland at the weekend and Dalglish, whose side won the Carling Cup in February, is looking for a response against Everton.

"It depends what teams you're playing, but certainly it's not a record you expect from Liverpool,” he said.

"We'll just keep going in the way we have done. What we've done has got us as far as we have. We don't want to get into the habit of losing games, but in between the losses we've had a Carling Cup victory.

"It's a big game. Everybody is looking forward to it and we know how much it means to everyone.

"I think anybody involved in football knows derby matches are special. They are special occasions for whatever city the two clubs are from.

"For us, it's special because it means a lot to people - but it's not exclusivity. Most clubs have a derby."

Successive defeats

Liverpool lost a third successive League match for the first time since 2003 when they were defeated at Sunderland and they are now in seventh place in the table, two points ahead of their city rivals.

And skipper Steven Gerrard, who could return to Liverpool’s starting line-up on Tuesday, has called on his team-mates to get a result for the club’s supporters.

"The players need to take responsibility for where we are in the league," said Gerrard. "It's just not good enough for a club like us to be there.

"We have to find a better level of consistency. We need a reaction and there's no better team to produce that against than Everton.

"It's important the players put in a performance and get a result for the fans. Everyone is a bit down after recent results but we want to put a smile back on their faces."

Everton go into the Anfield contest buoyed by a run that has seen them go undefeated in seven Barclays Premier League matches.

"Over the years, I think it would have been a great result for any team to go and not lose at Liverpool"
- David Moyes

They have only lost twice in 10 League fixtures since the beginning of January and have beaten sides such as Manchester City, Tottenham and Chelsea along the way.

"A lot of the years I have gone into the game and Liverpool have been the form team, and folk have said: 'Who knows in derbies'," said Everton manager David Moyes, who this week celebrates 10 years in charge at the club.

"You never do know.

"Over the years, I think it would have been a great result for any team to go and not lose at Liverpool, because Anfield has been a hard place to go.

"Liverpool have got really good support and a good team. It has never changed.

"We will go to Anfield and try to win, and then if you can't do that, the next thing you want to do is try to get a draw."

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Key Points

  • Liverpool host Everton in Merseyside derby on Tuesday
  • Reds aim to end run of three consecutive Barclays Premier League defeats
  • Everton unbeaten in seven as boss David Moyes marks 10 years in charge