Kenny Dalglish: I’ve never felt down about Liverpool’s poor form

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is optimistic the Reds can bounce back against Aston Villa at Anfield on Saturday

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Kenny Dalglish's side trail fifth-placed Chelsea by 11 points PA Photos

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Kenny Dalglish insists Liverpool’s poor Premier League form has not left the Reds manager feeling “down” this season – just disappointed.

Liverpool’s 2-0 defeat by Newcastle United at St James’ Park last Sunday was the Reds’ sixth loss in seven league games, leaving them trailing fifth-placed Chelsea by 11 points with seven games left to play.

“Everybody needs picking up but the best way to pick yourself up is to put on a winning performance,” said Dalglish on Thursday.

“That’s what the players are determined to do. They don’t like coming off the pitch having lost a game. That disappointment is a virtue in some ways if we can control it.

“The determination and the quality is there, and maybe things that are out of our control that can determine results can go in our favour sometimes, but we won’t get that if we don’t work hard enough to get ourselves in a good position.

“I’ve never been down. I’ve been disappointed but I’ve never been down.”

The 61-year-old insisted the Reds have put last weekend’s disappointment behind them ahead of Saturday’s clash with Aston Villa at Anfield.

“The doors are closed now, we’ve learnt our lessons from it [the defeat],” Dalglish continued.

“The players came in on Monday and trained. The training has been very impressive.

“Obviously there was a disappointment amongst everybody with the recent run of results, but the only way we’re going to address that is to work as hard as we have done.

“We can change to our benefit things that are in our jurisdiction. There are other things that have happened that we can’t change because they’re out of our jurisdiction so there’s no point looking at it.

“We just need to look at ourselves. The players have come in and been really determined, as they’ve always been, to get a positive result on Saturday.”

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