Dalglish targets top-four spot

The Reds have enjoyed a solid start to the Premier League season

but still have ground to make up on the top four and will hope to

stay in contention by beating Aston Villa on Sunday. Dalglish does

not believe Liverpool are far away from challenging the elite group

once again and has called on his men to keep working hard. “We’ve

been delighted with what we have done,” said the manager. “We’d

love to progress into the top four and the best way to do that is

to do what we do well. “It is only slight but, then again, some of

the smallest steps are the biggest ones to take.” Manchester City

and Manchester United currently lead the way in the title race and

Dalglish insists they are both extremely strong teams despite being

knocked out of the Champions League at the group stage. The London

trio of Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal are also ahead of Liverpool

going into the festive period but Dalglish is ready for the

challenge. He added: “Of course it’s going to be tough. The teams

that are there or thereabouts are really good sides. “Two of them

got put out of the Champions League but there are still really good

sides here. “It’s going to be tough but we’ll have a good go and

see where it takes us. “We’ll look to get the points by playing as

well as we have done and getting that wee bit of extra luck. “We

believe we are doing things the right way so we’ll continue to do

that because we don’t know any other.”