Dalglish feeling confident

Liverpool boss buoyed by cup win over rivals

Kenny Dalglish: Liverpool knocked Manchester United out of the FA Cup in January

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Kenny Dalglish is taking encouragement from Liverpool's recent record against bitter rivals Manchester United, but has warned victory will have to be earned at Old Trafford.

Dalglish's first match on his return to Liverpool in January 2011 to replace Roy Hodgson was a 1-0 FA Cup defeat at United, in which captain Steven Gerrard was sent off.

But the Reds gained revenge with a 3-1 Premier League win at Anfield last March and had the better of a 1-1 home draw in October before an FA Cup victory in January.

"It is a huge game. Everyone looks forward to it on both sides and it is important for both clubs to get something from the game," said the Liverpool boss.

"For us, we know we are capable of getting something as we've done it, we have beaten them twice and drawn once at Anfield so that gives us a bit of encouragement.

"But anything we want from the game we will have to earn it on the day and we will work as hard as we have done to get the previous results and see if we can get success.

"We know what we have had to do in the past. We have the utmost respect for what they have achieved and what they have got and we will do our best to repeat the performances we have put on against them.

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"There is a lot you can take into it, but on Saturday you only get out of it what you put into it.

"It is a fantastic place to go and play, but it is even more enjoyable when you walk away with a positive result."

The match will be striker Luis Suarez's first meeting with United since the encounter in October ultimately led to him serving an eight-match ban for racially abusing Patrice Evra.

Dalglish, who earlier in the week insisted it was time for a line to be drawn under the affair, refused to talk about the reception the 25-year-old is expected to receive at Old Trafford.

The Scot insists he is concentrating solely on the football side of things and, based on United's last result, knows his side cannot afford any suggestion of complacency to creep in.

"We know they're an excellent side who came back from 3-0 at Chelsea last week," he added.

"That will give them a lift even though they only got a point, so we know what we're up against."

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