City supporters sang “Jurgen’s cracking up” after their team’s victory at Goodison Park in midweek, prompting another wry observation from Dalglish about claims the Liverpool manager is showing signs of nervousness.
“He must be up for an Academy Award as well, then, because I’ve not seen it. When are the Oscars?” Dalglish said.
“For us, Jurgen is the best person that could possibly be there. There’s no problem with nerves. I think it’s normal to feel nervous. It’s anticipation. We shouldn’t be embarrassed to be sitting up there. Fear the worst? What’s the worst? The worst is relegation, I would imagine.
“I don’t care what stage of the season it is, if you are concentrating on playing a game, you are going to be a bit nervous. Nerves are part and parcel of football. They aren’t something you should worry about.
“It’s been 29 years since we won a league title. That’s a generation and a half nearly – a long wait. If the supporters are a wee bit nervous, then you can understand it, but that doesn’t stop them cheering the boys on. People might be nervous but I was nervous at the start of the season, so I don’t know what nerves has got to do with it.”