Kenny hails Spearing’s attitude

The 23-year-old was sent off against Fulham earlier this month
after he cleanly won the ball in a tackle with Moussa Dembele but
caught the Cottagers forward with an exaggerated follow-through.
His sending-off provoked a furious response from his team-mates and
landed the club with a Football Association misconduct charge for
failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly
fashion. Spearing’s return adds greater defensive stability to the
squad in the season-long absence of Lucas Leiva, who has been
sidelined after cruciate knee surgery. And Dalglish is delighted to
have the academy graduate’s combative qualities at his disposal
again and sees no reason for the player to tone down his approach.
“There was no maliciousness in his tackle. He was totally focused
on winning the ball,” said the Scot ahead of the Boxing Day visit
of bottom-side Blackburn. “He did win the ball but his momentum
came through and made contact with Dembele. “It was maybe
over-enthusiasm but that is not something you’d complain about in
football – at that age you’d expect him to be. “I’m sure he’ll be
more knowledgeable for his experience but there is nothing he needs
to change greatly. “Everybody’s character is different but
character is what makes you successful – and the wee man has
certainly been successful here. “We don’t intend – or need to –
change the boy’s character. “He just needs to be a bit more mature
and I’m sure the three games (suspension) has taught him that.”
Dalglish said, with a packed festive programme ahead, Spearing’s
enforced rest may turn out to be a positive as he looks to rotate
the squad. “It was disappointing to lose him because he was doing
really well,” said the Reds boss. “He’s served his punishment and
maybe that’s an advantage with the games coming quite quickly. “But
he’s got nothing to prove to us – we know what Jay can do, we know
what he’s about and he’s done very well for us in the past. “There
is no reason to think he’s not going to do well in the future.”
Dalglish, his coaching team and the club’s medical staff will keep
a watchful eye on the players as they prepare for a run of nine
matches in 36 days up until the end of January. But the manager
will not be looking beyond Monday’s fixture as he looks for the
side to get back to winning ways after a goalless draw at Wigan on
Wednesday. “Every game is a pivotal point and for us it’s important
we get as much as we can from every game, whether that comes within
three days or 10 days of each other doesn’t make any difference,”
he said. “We have a busy schedule of games which demands a very
strong squad and I think we’ve got that. “We take every game as it
comes and we look at the last one to see how the lads have
recovered from it. “It’s more poignant now because the games are
coming thick and fast. “The quicker they recover the better chance
they have of playing and not every player recovers at the same time
as everyone else. “The most defining factor is it’s a great
experiment to find out how strong your squad is. “I think we have
got a strong squad and I think we may be a bit fortunate than
others with regards to team selection. “If we can get a little bit
of fortune on the pitch we will get good results.”