KD wants to see Reds’ Ex factor

The Reds – managed by Roy Hodgson at the time – suffered a shock

exit at the hands of lower-league opposition in the third round of

the competition last season when Northampton triumphed in a penalty

shoot-out at Anfield. Dalglish has since taken over, and although

he has confirmed he will make several changes for the tie following

Saturday’s 2-0 Premier League victory at Arsenal, the Scot is

adamant his team must approach their task in the same way they did

at the weekend. “We had a bad result last year against Northampton

at home, and we’ll do our best to avoid another bad result,”

Dalglish told liverpoolfc.tv. “We want to do the very best we can

in this competition and although there will be some changes in the

personnel we put out, the attitude should be exactly the same as it

was on Saturday at the Emirates. “We’ll give people an opportunity

to play. The training has been superb, as has their attitude and

commitment, so they deserve a game. “But it’s not a game we just

want to go through the motions for and fulfil our obligations in

playing the fixture – we want to make sure we have a chance. “We’re

not getting them (other players) involved because we’re undermining

the competition or we’re undermining the football club at Exeter.”

Dalglish succeeded Hodgson in January to begin his second spell in

charge of Liverpool and the team’s results have improved markedly.

The Reds are looking to reclaim a place in the top four this term,

although Dalglish is keen to keep things in perspective after the

Arsenal win. “This time last year there was a lot of disappointment

because the club hadn’t started so well,” Dalglish said.

“Fortunately we’ve changed a little bit – but let’s not get carried

away or be running before we can walk. Let’s just take our time.

“The boys were brilliant at Arsenal on Saturday, but we’re not

going to get carried away with one result – and neither should

anybody.” Dalglish has a full squad to choose from for the match,

aside from injured duo Glen Johnson and Steven Gerrard. Someone

else who will not be involved is Sotirios Kyrgiakos following his

move to Hamburg, a transfer Dalglish feels is good for the

32-year-old Greek defender. “It’s fantastic for Soto – it prolongs

his career in football,” Dalglish said. “He was good to have in and

around the club and he served us well. “We wish him luck and hope

he comes back to pick up his boots or something and just to say

‘cheerio’. “He was a popular guy here and I wish him all the best

at Wolfsburg.”