Liverpool boss Dalglish: Someone must step up to cover Carragher, Gerrard
The absence of the two local heroes has left fans worrying just who is left to stand up and seize control of the game. Dalglish, though, has no such fears.
He insisted: "There's not a team in the Premier League which wouldn't appreciate having Stevie and Carra in the team and we are no different.
"They're two big players but they're not available this weekend, so in that respect they're not important.
"What is are the ones who are available and within that we have got to get leadership - but there's no one person who will be designated as being a leader.
"They are all leaders and all have to take on their own responsibility and not shy away from it.
"I don't think they will and don't think they have.
"I don't think there is any danger of any of the players underestimating the importance of this game.
"They understand what that means to the city and most of them have been involved in big derbies themselves, maybe at other clubs, and they know the feeling in this city.
"We would like to take all the good work we've done in training and matches and turn it into a positive - and the most positive we can get is to turn it into three points."
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