Dalglish happy to entertain
Published 28/08/2011 | 07:42
Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish was keen to spread praise across his whole team after crushing Bolton to move top of the Barclays Premier League.
Luis Suarez was the inspiration for an electrifying 3-1 win at Anfield that saw summer signings Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam on target either side of powerful Martin Skrtel header. Dalglish, whose Reds renaissance is continuing apace, accepts Suarez may command most of the headlines but wanted to recognise all contributions.
"Some days Luis will play better than somebody else and on another day it will be someone else's turn to show up," he said. "The most important thing is we have got different people that can play and produce a high quality of performance."
Dalglish added: "In any one season there are going to be individuals that grab the headlines but for us it is a team event. We passed and moved and thoroughly deserved the victory. Everyone who came would have been thoroughly entertained."
Henderson's goal and performance, after the 21-year-old's big-money move from Sunderland, underlined his potential but again Dalglish turned attention to the squad.
He said: "It is an important statement to make, scoring a goal, but that doesn't mean to say your career is finished (if you don't). It will give him encouragement and confidence, but had he not scored it wouldn't have affected us, the way he played."
Liverpool look set to strengthen further this week with the addition of Uruguay defender Sebastian Coates, who watched from the directors' box. By contrast, Bolton could face a fight to hang onto their star centre-half Gary Cahill.
The Trotters rejected a bid from Arsenal last week and are bracing themselves for a further approach before Wednesday's transfer deadline.
Manager Owen Coyle said: "If something happens prior to Wednesday and Gary is to leave the club then I, as a manager, will wish him all the very best. He is a great lad. But if it doesn't then Gary is all heart and he will be ready to give everything for Bolton Wanderers.
"Gary wants to play at the highest level and there is nothing wrong with that ambition and he has been a terrific servant for Bolton Wanderers. The bottom line is, if someone out there has a price that I think is the right value for Gary Cahill and they make an offer, then there is a chance business will be done. If they don't, there is nothing to talk about."