Dalglish - Owner talks private

Club will not rest on its laurels, says Reds manager

Kenny Dalglish: Insists that conversations with Liverpool's owners will remain private

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Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has played down the significance of owner John Henry making a second appearance on Merseyside within a week.

Henry's previous visit last week, together with chairman Tom Werner, resulted in director of football Damien Comolli being relieved of his duties and head of sports science and sports medicine Peter Brukner also leaving the club.

With newspaper reports suggesting Dalglish had been asked to provide a written dossier on the club's mixed season, speculation has grown as to the reasons behind Henry's latest visit.

But Dalglish insists nothing too much should be read into that.

"We spoke to the owners. We speak to them frequently enough in the normal course of events," said the 61-year-old Scot, who was given the full backing of the club's owners last week.

"They own the club and [if] they want to speak to the people they employ they are entitled to do that.

"It doesn't matter (where they are), if you talk to someone you talk to them.

"We've had plenty of conversations but they will remain private.

"We don't tell everyone what we speak about and I don't think there is any danger of us ever coming out publicly and saying what our conversations have been.

Private business

"It is our own private business and that is the way it should be.

"I don't know what the big deal is - if you run the football club you talk to the manager. You talk to whoever you want - it is your club.

"I don't even see why it keeps coming up. I don't hear people asking everyone else if they have spoken to their owners this week."

The Liverpool squad returned to their Melwood training ground on Thursday after enjoying a few days off following their FA Cup semi-final victory over neighbours Everton at Wembley on Saturday.

But Dalglish insists the Reds will be giving 100 per cent for the remainder of their Premier League campaign despite the FA Cup final against Chelsea looming on May 5.

He added: "They are coming off the back of a fantastic performance and result at Wembley on Saturday, but for us to think that it is finished would be wrong and we want to continue.

"I don't think they had a problem the last time (after winning the Carling Cup in February).

"They played Arsenal and they were magnificent, although the result (a last-minute 2-1 defeat) was not what we hoped for or what we deserved.


"It is not difficult for them to lift themselves. They are not complacent or arrogant; we are delighted we got the result at the weekend but we will not get carried away.

"The players have been really professional in the way they have gone about their job and I am sure they will continue to do that from now until the end of the season in every game we play.

"They come in and are determined to do their training properly and they want to win every game on the pitch.

"We try our best to win, we want to win and we are capable of winning so if we go about it in the right way and not rest on our laurels we will be okay.

"They enjoyed the result (against Everton) but I am sure they will dust themselves down and try to get some positive results from now until the end of the season.

"Although we haven't won as many games as we would have liked in the league we have still given ourselves fantastic opportunities to do that.

"We will just plod on and as long as we believe in each other we will be okay.

"We have important games coming up and we want to win them."