Dalglish: Reds focused on Villa
Kenny Dalglish insists Liverpool will not be distracted by the events at White Hart Lane when they travel to Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon.
The Reds are still battling Tottenham for a fifth-placed finish and Europa League qualification as the campaign reaches its conclusion this weekend.
Dalglish’s side will finish fifth if they better Spurs’ result against Birmingham, while Harry Redknapp’s side will clinch the spot if they collect three points.
But Dalglish is adamant Liverpool’s sole focus is on ending the season with a win, no matter what unfolds at the Lane.
"We want to end the season with a victory that would give us a chance of finishing as high up the table as possible," Dalglish told Liverpool’s official website.
"That’s always been our aim and as long as a higher position is attainable we’ll continue to go for it.
"All we can do is concentrate on our own game and not worry about anyone else. We can’t affect another team’s results, so there is no point in worrying about it."
Dalglish admits the Reds could face a tough task at Villa after they clinched an unexpected 2-1 win at Arsenal last weekend.
"Our job involves getting maximum points at Villa Park," he added. "That’s never an easy task and I’m sure it won’t be this weekend.
"Villa had a terrific result away at Arsenal on Sunday – we know how difficult it is to travel to the Emirates.
"To go there and win 2-1 shows what Villa are capable of. We’ll have to perform well if we are to get something from them on Sunday."