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Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish set for Man Utd battle

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Venue: Anfield Date: Sunday, 6 March Kick-off: 1330 GMT
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Dalglish respects Ferguson's managerial record

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish said Sunday's Premier League match against fierce rivals Manchester United is the "highest category of game you can get".

The teams have won 18 league titles each, although in recent seasons the Anfield outfit have been unable to match United's trophy haul.

"Everybody plays football to play at the highest level they possibly can," said Dalglish.

"Anybody that's playing football would love to play in these games."

Dalglish is in his second stint as Reds boss after taking over the reins when Roy Hodgson was sacked earlier this season - and the Scot's first game back in charge was the 1-0 FA Cup third round defeat at Old Trafford.

The 60-year-old said he did not have much time to prepare for that game in January, having stepped off a long-haul flight only 24 hours before the day of the fixture.

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"I never had any time [ahead of the FA Cup meeting]. I was in transit but the lads had been well prepared here," continued Dalglish, whose team are sixth in the table but 21 points behind United.

"But obviously that went out the window a little bit in the first minute when they got a penalty and Steven [Gerrard] got sent off.

"You can prepare as much as you want but you can't prepare for things like that."

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said he will not allow his side's recent 2-1 defeat against Chelsea to dwell on the mind of his players.

United remain four points clear of Arsenal but have played a game more - and the Gunners can close the gap when they play Sunderland on Saturday.

"You remind the players of their responsibilities, that's all part of the process," said Ferguson.

"We can't let a defeat pass without reacting ourselves as staff. That's not our style.

"The players have to understand that we suffer as much as they do. It's our job too, we've all prepared hard for the games, put in a lot of time and effort into preparing for matches.

"That happens for every game. It's not just Manchester City, Liverpool or Chelsea - we did the same for Crawley. All the video analysis, the coaching, the medical staff - regardless of the result the staff give every effort to their jobs.

"So it's part of the entire club to be geared to win. That helps at this stage of the season."

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