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Dalglish plays down owners meeting

SoccerNews in English Premier League, FA Cup 19 Apr 2012

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Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has played down the significance of a recent meeting with the club’s owners.

Reports suggested Dalglish had been asked to write a dossier explaining the Reds’ poor form in the Premier League that has seen them drop down to eighth spot.

However, the Scot insisted the meetings were part of the ‘normal’ day-to-day workings of a football club.

“We spoke to the owners, we speak to them frequently enough in the normal course of events,” Dalglish said.

“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.

“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.”

Following Saturday’s semi-final victory over Everton at Wembley, Liverpool are set to face Chelsea in the FA Cup final on May 5.

However, Dalglish says his side will have no problem in remaining focused on their upcoming league games.

“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,” he said.

“I don’t think they had a problem the last time (after winning the League 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.”

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