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Dalglish hammers home demands to Liverpool players

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has warned his players they have to build on their win over arch-rivals Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday.

The 3-1 victory erased the memory of a defeat by a similar scoreline at West Ham the previous week.

But Dalglish is keen for Liverpool's disappointing campaign not to be defined by results against their oldest foes.

“It is three points but it is not the end of the season for us just because we have had a fantastic result against a team leading the table,” he said.

“If we play like that against any team we would be happy with the performance, and it shows you what the players can do and want to do. But you can never take away the disappointment of West Ham. We can use that as a reference point.”

In the aftermath of the victory, Dalglish made a point of praising the team effort despite Dirk Kuyt's hat-trick and Luis Suarez's mesmerising performance grabbing the headlines.

Against United the 60-year-old reverted to 4-4-2, having experimented with a number of systems, and they were not even affected by the loss of Fabio Aurelio to injury midway through the first half which prompted a defensive reshuffle.

“You cannot carry anyone in a game against United, everyone has to play,” added the Reds boss.

“Dirk rightly got the headlines for the hat-trick but Luis put in a fantastic performance.

“I have always believed that it is about people so you can have any formation you want, it is the players that make it.

“They were fantastic and it did not matter what formation they played, formation was irrelevant.”

One key part of his formation Dalglish is taking an extra special interest is the pairing of strikers Suarez and £35million record signing Andy Carroll, who made his long-awaited debut on Sunday as a substitute after two months out with a thigh injury.

“I am really looking forward to Luis and Andy forming a fantastic partnership at the club.”

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