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Dalglish defends reds record, Aspas worried about drought: Liverpool morning news

Includes Mamadou Sakho breaking a fitness machine and Rodgers backs IPCC appeal.

Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish defended his record when from when he returned to the Liverpool hot seat in an exclusive interview with the Daily Mirror.

Dalglish pointed to the three trips to Wembley under his stewardship in the 2011/12 season - which brought about a League Cup win, but he was sacked by owners FSG for finishing 8th in the Premier League that season.

He said: “They had not won anything for six years when I got there, but we won something in our first season.

“What those boys achieved in 2012 was fantastic. To win the Carling Cup and to get to an FA Cup Final was beyond any expectations.

“People will turn around and say we finished eighth in the league, but how many points would you swap for three Wembley trips?”

He also hinted that one day he would like to slip into a game on the Kop without any sort of fanfare to watch the game amongst the fans who have chanted his name.

Liverpool new boy Mamadou Sakho managed to break one of the fitness machines during his medical.

“One of the machines did break. Something went wrong with it so they had to fix it.”

He also admitted to being a bit of a tearaway in this teenage years which also got him expelled from PSG.

He said: “When I was 14 I tried to impose myself a bit on the other players around me, but it was soon made clear to me that I needed to focus and concentrate go to bed early and work hard.

“It was a bit physical, a bit verbal. I was just a teenager. It was made clear if I didn’t step back in line, I would be in trouble.”

Forward Iago Aspas is concerned that he has yet to find the net for Liverpool in a competitive fixtures during his time at Anfield so far.

Aspas said: “Over the last four or five seasons I probably haven’t gone as many games as this without a goal.”

Yesterday’s pre-match press conference saw Brendan Rodgers give updates on the fitness of Phillipe Coutinho, who had an operation on the shoulder injury sustained at Swansea, and the boss hinted that Martin Kelly isn’t far away from being considered for a start.

The manager also urged any witnesses from the Hillsborough disaster in 1989 to come forward after an appeal from the IPCC.

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