Kenny Dalglish knows the size of the task at Norwich City in the Premier League
Liverpool head to Carrow Road tomorrow striving to avoid the club's lowest-placed top flight finish since they were relegated in 1954.
The five-time European Cup winners have never finished outside the top eight during the intervening period and Kenny Dalglish insists sustained cup success does not mask a disappointing Premier League campaign.
'There is no-one happy with what's happened in the games,' he said. 'No-one is happy with the lack of points but no-one can be disappointed with the performances. I'd say they have been better than decent. The players have not got the reward they deserved and its great credit to them that they continue to get in there and try their best to win matches.
'They show great resolve and determination. Nothing has changed this week. Everyone has continued to work hard and the way they work is a credit to their profession.
'They know they are good players – that's not being arrogant or big-headed. Their performance level is very high so if we just continue to play at that level then eventually it will work for us. There are no answers coming up but the less you have to change, the easier it is.'
Dalglish admitted league points rather than style points remains his sole motivation.
'We want to win games but it would be nice if we were rubbish and won a game,' he said. 'Our incentive is to get as much as we can from every game we play. We want to finish with as many wins and points as we possibly can and the incentive we have is just representing the football club as much as anything else.
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'We have always set ourselves high standards in terms of the level of performance and there are not too many times when we've let ourselves down on that front. But winning is what it is all about and points on the board is what it is all about.'
Dalglish knows what to expect from a Paul Lambert side which battled to a 1-1 draw in the corresponding fixture at Anfield earlier this season.
'It was a mirror image of most of the games we've played there,' he said. 'We had many opportunities and either the goalkeeper made a magnificent save or we hit the bar and the post. We had plenty of chances. He's done a fantastic job. They've done fantastic in the Premier League. Paul spent very wisely in the summer and got a lot of decent players in.
'They play the way Paul Lambert has been brought up, through his career in Scotland and obviously in Germany. He's got his principles and beliefs from the places he's been, and it's a wee bit ironic that he got the job on the back of beating them 7-1 at Carrow Road.'
Norwich skipper Grant Holt salvaged a point in front of the Kop and Dalglish has nothing but praise for the Canaries' cult hero after a successful first season in the big league.
'It's always pleasing to see someone like Grant do well with honest endeavour,' he said. 'No one gets anywhere without working hard. I just hope he has a bad day on Saturday.'