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Dalglish defiant over dip

Published on 3 April 2012

Kenny Dalglish, the Liverpool manager, expects everyone at the club to stick together to ease their slump in form.

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The team's 2-0 loss away to Newcastle on Sunday was their sixth defeat in seven Barclays Premier League games, leaving Liverpool eighth in the league table, a place below Everton.

Despite winning the Carling Cup and having a pending FA Cup semi-final, Dalglish is coming under mounting pressure to arrest a decline that has left his side 16 points off the Champions League positions.

Dalglish was praised for restoring harmony at Anfield after taking over from Roy Hodgson last year and he is convinced the club have the spirit to battle through.

He said: "They [the players] will stick together because they want to get it right, and the best way to do it is to believe in what they are doing. It's not as if they don't work hard or have the determination and effort to put it right. It's up to us to harness the frustration and disappointment properly, work on it and take it as a positive, because if they start to enjoy losing games, we'd have a problem."

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