QPR boss Hughes hails Liverpool’s ‘outstanding’ Dalglish

Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Hughes admits Kenny Dalglish was a personal hero during the striker's playing career

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles at Harlington
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Mark Hughes heaps praise on Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish PA Photos

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Mark Hughes has heaped praise on Kenny Dalglish ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Queens Park Rangers on Wednesday.

The 48-year-old QPR boss, who spent six years at Manchester United as a player before re-joining the Red Devils in 1988, admitted Dalglish was a source of inspiration for the former Welsh international during the 1980s.

And although Hughes enjoyed facing Liverpool during his playing career at Old Trafford, the rivalry will hold little significance when QPR take on Liverpool in a must-win game at Loftus Road.

“I used to love going up against Liverpool and facing Kenny Dalglish, who was an outstanding player,” said Hughes.

“Just watching him as a kid prior to getting into the Manchester United team, I learned a lot from his ability to protect the ball and receiving skills.

“He was one of the outstanding players of his generation.

“When I was involved in United-Liverpool games and I had an understanding of the rivalry. But as a manager maybe at the back of my mind it springs to the fore but I don’t really think about it.”

Djibril Cissé made his Premier League debut with Liverpool in 2004, and the French striker spent two seasons at Anfield before Rafael Benitez allowed the 30-year-old to return to Ligue 1.

And Hughes expects Cissé to relish the chance to cause an upset against his former employers.

“Every player, when they go up against their former club, wants to make a good impression,” Hughes added.

“So we might gain a little bit from an extra edge to his general play just because he’s facing one of his former clubs.

“Given that it’s Liverpool and one of the top clubs in the Premier League, I’m sure there’ll be a bit of an extra spark from Cissé.”

The Rangers manager signed Cissé from Lazio on a two-and-a-half year deal in January, and the striker has already impressed Hughes.

“I’ve been very impressed by Djribil,” the QPR boss continued. “You see when you work for the first time one-to-one with a player what qualities that they have.

“I’ve been very impressed with Cissé’s technical ability and it was maybe something I hadn’t quite acknowledged before

“Cissé is obviously a very accomplished player but his actual technical ability is outstanding. Given his power and pace, it’s a decent package for a striker in the Premier League.

“His ideal position is just playing off the shoulder of the last man. If you can get him in those positions and feed him with the right ball then he’ll convert chances because he’s very adept at scoring in those situations.

“His conversion rate is as good as anybody in that position.”

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