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Dalglish plays down Hodgson return to Liverpool

Liverpool's current boss Kenny Dalglish and former Reds incumbent Roy Hodgson meet at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday. And Dalglish insists predecessor Roy Hodgson has nothing to prove since the Scot took over from him at Anfield in early January.

In 20 Barclays Premier League matches Hodgson won just 25 points, at one stage allowing the club slump to second-bottom in the table.

Those few months in charge are regarded as among the worst seen at the club by fans in terms of football.

But Dalglish still regards his Baggies opposite number as a friend.

"Roy hasn't got anything to prove to anybody," said Dalglish, who was keen to play down any hype surrounding the personal battle on the touchline.

"If you say he has extra motivation then you are doubting the man's integrity and implying he never had enough motivation before.

"It's Liverpool versus West Brom and we'll face a team that has been prepared by Roy.

"I don't have a problem with that. It'll be nice to see him and say hello again.

"I have great respect for him, as I said when I came in here, and that isn't going to change because we are playing against each other.

"For me, whatever happens will happen on the pitch."

The the Reds boss said it was only natural that each manager stuck to the methods which had brought them previous success.

"Roy brings his own style of management to the club - the same as Roberto did and the same I did here - and they have done well since he went in there," said Dalglish.

"There is no point in going into West Brom and trying to be someone else. Roy is himself and has done very well in football.

"Everyone knows he is an excellent coach. I am sure he had plenty of offers to go back into football (after leaving Liverpool) and I am sure he always will do.

"We know how they will play so it's up to us to be better than them on the day."

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