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Wednesday 16 November 2011

Dalglish: No personal battle with Ferguson

Liverpool boss says Anfield meeting with Man Utd is not about individuals

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is relishing the forthcoming match against Man Utd

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has played down any talk of a personal battle with Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson ahead of the meeting of their sides on Saturday.

The rivalry between the two Glasgow-born managers dates back to the mid-1980s when Dalglish was in his first spell as Liverpool boss.

Last season the two managers finished with one victory apiece, with United winning an FA Cup third-round tie - just hours after Dalglish replaced Roy Hodgson as Anfield boss - but Liverpool triumphed 3-1 in their league meeting, courtesy of a Dirk Kuyt hat-trick.

However, Dalglish was keen to point out there is nothing personal in his determination to beat United.

"I'm not egotistical, I'm not in this to get one over anyone else," he said. "I don't have any individual contest with Fergie. This football Club is more important than me and always will be.

"Head-to-head (against Ferguson)? I wouldn't have a clue what the score is in that and it doesn't really matter to me."

Meanwhile, Liverpool winger Stewart Downing hopes the international break will not have affected the team's momentum.

The Merseysiders head into the game against United looking to build on wins over Wolves and neighbours Everton before the two-week break from Barclays Premier League action.

England international Downing is hoping they can pick up from where they left off as they look to continue their recent good run of results against United at Anfield - where they have beaten their rivals three times in a row.

"It's a tough game but we'll look forward to it and if we keep playing the way we are then we've got a chance of beating anyone," said Downing.

"If we beat Manchester United we'll say the break did us good. If we don't people will point the finger and say the break killed us a bit."

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Key Points

  • Glasgow-born managers resume rivalry from 1980s
  • Liverpool have won last three meetings at Anfield
  • Downing wants Reds to maintain recent run of wins