Kenny Dalglish Focused On Fulham Match Despite Europa League Talk, Attributes Success to Players’ Positive Attitudes

Liverpool's Europa League prospects received a major boost from relegation-battling Blackpool, as the Seasiders shocked Spurs with a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

Now, the Reds are just one point behind Spurs, with both teams having played the same number of games and Liverpool holding a considerable goal-difference advantage.

With Spurs coming to Anfield on May 15, European qualification is now truly Liverpool's to win.

Prior to Spurs' Saturday collapse, however, Kenny Dalglish downplayed the race for Europe, instead simply focusing on Monday's matchup with Fulham, according to ESPN.

"I find it very difficult to predict the future," he said. "We've always said we would get our reward at the end of the season – we never set ourselves any target.

"We don't have that [Europa League] problem yet and so until it arises we don't have to solve anything – the biggest problem I have is Fulham on Monday night.

"There will be problems to be solved at the end of the season and if we get the Europa League that will be one of the problems. Planning for next season started a good while ago – that [Europa League] is just one thing which has to be taken into consideration but you cannot predict what is going to happen so there is no point in worrying about that."

Liverpool has charged into the European race since Dalglish's appointment as interim manager in January, but he credits the success simply to enthusiasm and hard work from the players.

"I have just noticed the players being really enthusiastic in training and in the way they've worked and they've had their reward for it on the pitch," he said.

"We've not been disappointed with any single player's attitude since we came in. On Thursday night a few of the lads [Joe Cole, Christian Poulsen, David Ngog and Jonjo Shelvey] played for the reserves and they had a great attitude towards the game, were fully committed and got a great deal out of it.

"That will do us no harm whatsoever, and neither will it do the players any harm either."

The addition of Luis Suarez to the side has also been a significant factor in the Reds' recent success, and Dalglish believes that his immediate success in a Liverpool shirt has come as a result of his positive attitude as well.

"With his personality and approach to the games you get a reward and for us it is a really exciting player who has made a contribution to our recent games.

"He enjoys playing football and being here. He has got himself really involved in the Liverpool way and he has got his reward for that. It's a help when he gets a goal but he makes a few as well and we have been delighted with what he has done so far."

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