Kenny Dalglish says Liverpool will not underestimate QPR

 

Manager Kenny Dalglish has stressed Liverpool will not underestimate struggling QPR at Loftus Road tonight.

The 18th-placed Londoners have taken just two points from their last six matches and have won just once at home in the Barclays Premier League since October 23.

But with Liverpool having lost four of their last five away league matches, including losing 3-1 against lowly Bolton in January, Dalglish will not be taking Mark Hughes' side for granted.

"We respect everyone we play against. Everyone has got something to play against in every game," said the Scot.

"It doesn't matter to us what position a team is in the league, we still have respect for everyone.

"But we have to get our house in order and if we do that we give ourselves a better chance.

"As long as we work hard and are honest and straightforward with each other it will help us.

"We expect a really difficult game. It doesn't matter who you are playing, form goes out of the window and it only matters what happens on the day.

"I saw Mark's interview on television and he said they needed a bit of luck - it is the same as any manager.

"Mark is no different to the boys at the top end of the league; they need luck and it doesn't matter how good a team you are or how good your performance is you need a bit of good fortune to get you past the line.

"Judging by the 'goal' they didn't get at Bolton (when Clint Hill's header crossed the line but was not given) it appears they haven't had much luck.

"If they can go without luck for one more game it will be better for us."

Liverpool have a busy schedule until the end of the season, and with Dalglish voicing concerns over how much recovery time his players will get he admits letting fringe players go out on loan may be difficult.

The loan deadline for Football League clubs closes on Thursday. Midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has already had a spell at Blackpool at the start of the season.

"The fixtures come up thick and fast and we just have to play what is in front of us," said the Reds boss.

"The strength of the squad we have is going to be invaluable between now and the end of the season.

"We have to make sure we are right first before we consider letting anyone go on loan.

"We have a lot of games coming up and there are a lot of very good youngsters who would benefit from going out on but this club has to come first and if that is the case then the answer (to any loans) would be no.

"But if we can help their development then we will."

Dalglish also welcomed striker Luis Suarez's comments on Monday that he is happy at Anfield and does not want to leave, despite being linked with Paris St Germain and a number of Italian clubs.

"It is great for us. Luis has been fantastic for us and it is great for us he is happy here," said the Scot.

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