Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Dalglish hails grit of Liverpool stars

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish believes his squad's achievement in keeping European qualification alive should not be under-estimated.

The Scot took over from Roy Hodgson in early January with the club lingering in mid-table — having slumped as low as 19th.

With very few major changes he has succeeded in not only arresting the slide but putting together a run which has lifted them up to sixth, five points behind Tottenham.

“I still don't think sixth place is the position we actually want to be in,” said the 60-year-old,

“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 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.”

by CARL MARKHAM