Dalglish’s side go into Saturday’s showdown with United six points behind the defending champions – and the Liverpool boss is eager for The Reds to claw their way up the table by securing a victory at Anfield.
“We’ve got an opportunity to reduce the gap and it’s up to us to take it,” he told a news conference on Thursday.
“They are a fantastic team, a hugely successful football club, and we know it’s going to be a very difficult game. But I think they’ll look at it and think exactly the same thing.”
Dalglish, who has a fully fit squad for Saturday’s game, insists the clash is not about an individual duel between himself and United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
“I don’t have any individual contest with Fergie,” he continued. “It’s the football clubs who play. We don’t play anymore. We can’t really influence it other than in the build-up and preparation for the games. The most important thing for us is how we compete as a team on the pitch.
“The head to head [between him and Ferguson] – I haven’t got a clue what it is and it doesn’t really matter to me anyway.
“I’m in competition with him because we’re competing on Saturday, but over and above that, as I’ve always said, we’re a unit, everyone’s got a role to play.
“I’m not egotistical, I’m not in this to get one over anyone else. This football club is more important than me and always will be. The result on Saturday is more important because it’s about how millions of other people feel, rather than how I feel. It’s not a boxing match, it’s a game of football.
“They are in a position that everyone wants to be in, and that’s top position in the league. You cannot argue with that because you want to be there yourself. They’ve set a standard for everyone else to follow or surpass and it’s up to us to take up the challenge.”
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