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Dalglish promotes cup focus

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish claims English cup competitions have been devalued due to clubs focusing too much on the Premier League.

Having already won the Carling Cup in February with victory over Cardiff City, Liverpool face Chelsea in the FA Cup final on Saturday at Wembley to potentially seal a cup double.

Despite his side looking set to finish outside the top six in the league, Dalglish insists that their season cannot be deemed a failure.

“Any competition you enter, you want to do the best you possibly can in,” Dalglish told reporters.

“In the league it is 38 games and at the end you finish in a position which tells you how successful it has been.

“In cup competitions there are obviously not as many games and if you get beaten you are out.

“There is an obsession with the Premier League simply because of what it holds for every club and the value financially for every club, the rewards you get for finishing in the top four and getting in the Champions League.

“But there is a satisfaction from winning a cup competition which you don’t get from finishing fifth or sixth in the league.

“We have already tasted a cup final this year, albeit the (Carling) Cup, and getting to the FA Cup final should never be underestimated in any way.

“It is a fantastic day out for everyone and is great reward for the efforts and commitment of the players and the respect we have paid to the competition.

“We think we deserve to be there and we are happy to be there. We will see what happens. We are in the cup final and there is no guarantee we will win but there is a guarantee we will give everything we have got to try to win.

“The season will be assessed when it’s finished.”

Wed 2 May, 2012
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