Kenny Dalglish focused on improving Liverpool rather than denying Manchester United record-breaking 19th Premier League title

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    By Craig Turnbull

    3 Mar 2011 16:00:00

    FA Cup - Manchester United vs Liverpool, Kenny Dalglish(Getty Images)

    FA Cup – Manchester United vs Liverpool, Kenny Dalglish(Getty Images)

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    Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has cooled talk of putting a dent in Manchester United‘s title aspirations and revealed that his focus is on doing the best for the team.

    The Reds have been rejuvenated under the Scot and now Dalglish perhaps faces his biggest challenge yet as he prepares his side to face United at the weekend in front of the Anfield faithful.

    Whether Dalglish accepts it or not his side can put a massive dent in their United’s chances of winning the league for the 19th time.

    After leaders’ loss at Stamford Bridge has blown the title race wide open and the Reds could further destabilise their chances with a victory on Sunday.

    But Dalglish insists it is about looking after number one.

    He told the club’s official website: “We want to help ourselves first. If we help ourselves and it hinders somebody else then that’s not our problem, that’s theirs.

    “As we always say, you can control an awful lot of your own destiny and not someone else’s.

    “If we concentrate on ourselves and prepare as well as we can, then whatever eventualities come from that, fine.

    “If we get a result on Sunday it is more helpful to us than it is harmful to them.”

    Dalglish is not new to spoiling United’s chances of winning the league – in 1995 he led Blackburn Rovers to glory and the Red Devils had to settle for second place.

    But the Scot is adamant that they are still a great side and their success speaks for itself.

    He added: “I never considered they would catch us. I was concentrating on what I was supposed to do and that was to manage Blackburn Rovers. You never look too far ahead and I wasn’t doing that then.

    “To their credit they have won a fantastic amount of championships and it shows how successful they have been.

    “I was working for a good part of that time.

    “I had my own competition with Manchester United when I was at Blackburn and then Newcastle. I never had any feelings. You take greater satisfaction from when your own team is successful and they’ve been more successful than Liverpool over the past 20 years.

    “But at the end of the day we’ve still got bits we can hang on to. We’ve still won five European Cups.”

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