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Liverpool boss Dalglish plays down significance of West Brom Hodgson clash

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish is playing down the significance of facing Roy Hodgson's West Bromwich Albion this weekend.

Much of the pre-match focus has centred on Hodgson coming up against his old side, but Dalglish insists the spotlight should be on the game and not the experienced tactician.

"Roy hasn't got anything to prove to anybody," said Dalglish. "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 again.

"West Brom were tough to beat here when Roberto (Di Matteo) was in charge. They played very well here. We won 1-0 but it was a very difficult game.

"Roy brings his own management style to the club and they have done well since he went in there. We are looking forward to the game and it will be nice to see Roy again.

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

"So for me, the game is about Liverpool against West Brom and that's the way I'll go into it. I'll see an old friend of mine standing in the opposite dugout.

"Everyone knows he's an excellent coach so we know what to expect. We know how they will play so it's up to us to be better than them on the day."

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