Are you sure, Kenny Dalglish happy to settle for cup success over league gains
23:00 GMT, 23 March 2012
Kenny Dalglish has insisted he would not sacrifice Liverpool's success in cup competitions this season for a higher place in the Barclays Premier League.
Questions were raised about Liverpool's progress following an inexplicable collapse at QPR on Wednesday, when a 3-2 defeat left them 12 points off the top four and extinguished their faint hopes of Champions League qualification.
Dalglish, though, led Liverpool to their first silverware since 2006 in the Carling Cup last month and, having reached the FA Cup semi-final, they have an outstanding chance of supplementing that success at Wembley in May.
Collapse: Liverpool threw away a two-goal lead at Loftus Road on Wednesday
While the manager accepts league form must improve, Dalglish remains adamant Liverpool have significantly improved during the last 12 months and his argument for claiming it a 'success' would be strengthened if he oversees a cup double.
'It's not Swap Shop is it We've got what we've got,' said Dalglish, whose side face Wigan at Anfield on Saturday.
'The rewards (in the Premier League) are greater but I think it's more difficult to be successful now than what it was because there’s more competition.
'The fact of the matter is we have won a trophy and everyone really enjoyed it. We will just play and see what we get. We haven't prioritised anything.
'Unfortunately we haven't won as many games in the league as we have done in the cups.
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'There has been progress with the way we've been playing but we want some more.'
Certainly there needs to be a response from the collapse at Loftus Road and Dalglish feels he and his coaching staff should take their share of the blame for the calamitous final 13 minutes, when a 2-0 advantage became a 3-2 deficit.
'It's not just the boys fault,' he said. 'Everybody needs a bit of help. They needed help from (the coaches) and from myself. Maybe we were caught up in the spectacle of what we were watching. Maybe we should have changed it. We will learn from it.'
Charlie Adam's season could be over after he damaged his knee at QPR but Raheem Sterling is pressing to be included after starring for the reserves.
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The 17-year-old winger has been linked with Tottenham, amid claims of 'broken promises', but Dalglish had barbed words for his advisors.
'You have to deserve to be involved and we will decide if anyone deserves to be involved,' said Dalglish. 'Raheem has progressed the same as a lot of young players have progressed and that’s testimony to the people at the Academy.
'You earn the right to a run out by what you do on the pitch, not by what's said in newspapers.'