Liverpool news

Dalglish hails squad

April 7, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has hailed his squad for keeping the club's hopes of European qualification alive.

Kenny Dalglish's side could still play in Europe next term
GettyImagesKenny Dalglish's side could still play in Europe next term

Dalglish took over from Roy Hogdson with the Anfield club floundering in mid-table. But with the Scot at the helm, Liverpool have resurrected their season and currently sit in sixth position in the table.

"I still don't think sixth place is the position we actually want to be in," he said. "But credit to the players because there have only been two transfers out and two in, and the lads that have got us to where we are deserve great credit for it.

"I don't think they could have done much more. I think they've done more than they possibly could. We've won some games maybe people thought we couldn't win and we've lost other games we thought we should win, but at the end of the day, as we keep saying, we will add up the points at the end of the season and see where we are.

"If we were to finish sixth it would be an achievement for the players that they have got that far in such a short space of time but we just need to keep going and see what happens.

"The Tottenham game is our second to last match of the season but we are only looking as far ahead as Man City (on Monday), because as we've always said the next game is the most important one and that's all we can concentrate on.

"Whatever happens between now and when we play Aston Villa, which is our last game, will dictate whether we are closer to Tottenham or further away. We will just put all our energy towards getting a result against Manchester City first."

Dalglish signed striker Andrew Carroll from Newcastle in a club-record £35million deal in January, but the 22-year-old has yet to score his first goal for the club.

Carroll did claim his first international goal in England's recent friendly with Ghana and he feels he getting back to his best after recovering from injury.

"I feel I am getting towards full fitness," said Carroll. "I am working hard on it and I am in the gym most days doing extra work. It was just a great feeling to score a goal again (for England) after a long injury.

"A goal for Liverpool is what I am waiting for. It's going to be great because the fans have given me a brilliant reception without scoring a goal, and now I can't wait to get a goal and make everyone happy.

"It's great to be here. The lads are fantastic, I get on well with all of them, and the fans are great as well. I'm just getting myself back to fitness now, so it's all good."