King Kenny watching Utd closely

Former Liverpool striker and manager Kenny Dalglish insists the club’s chase for the Premier League crown this season isn’t over yet, with only four games of the season to go.

The Reds currently sit three points behind league leaders Manchester Utd, who also have a game in hand. But United’s remaining fixtures see them face a local derby, Arsenal, and relegation-threatened Hull City on the final day of the season, as well as having Champions League distractions.

Dalglish was manager the last time Liverpool won the top-flight league in 1990 and yesterday the Scot, who has been linked with a return to Anfield as part of Rafa Benite’z team of staff, told Radio Merseyside, “Unfortunately we’re dependant on someone doing us a favour. All of a sudden you become a fan of whoever Manchester United are playing.”

United, who play Arsenal in their Champions League semi-final, second leg on Tuesday night, travel to struggling Middlesbrough, who beat Liverpool at the Riverside Stadium earlier this year, on Saturday lunchtime. If Middlesbrough were to take points off Alex Ferguson’s men, surely the title race would be very much alive.

Dalglish continued, “Fergie is going to make about eight changes he said for the weekend.

“I don’t think he has players there that means he could put a bad side out, but maybe it gives Middlesbrough a wee bit more encouragement.”