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Dalglish: Reds are making progress

Criticism of Liverpool may be mounting after a run of poor results but manager Kenny Dalglish will not bow to the Twitter generation who crave instant success.

A run of five defeats in six league matches has led to all manner of questions being asked, ranging from the appetite of the players to Dalglish's judgement on tactics and in the transfer market.

"There is no success in football which is instant - you can forget instant," said Dalglish.

The team were booed off by a rapidly-emptying Anfield after a 10th loss of the season at home to Wigan last weekend and there were some isolated calls to radio phone-ins and on social networking sites suggesting the Scot be replaced.

Liverpool may have already won the Carling Cup - their first piece of silverware for six years - and be in the semi-finals of the FA Cup, but Dalglish bristles at the use of the phrase "instant success" in relation to his second spell in charge which began 15 months ago.

He believes it suggests there has been an element of luck over the work actually put in to achieve it.

"It is a modern idiom; you have social media which is instant and when you ask a question you get an instant reply," said the Reds boss.

"Everything is instant now - even coffee. There is no way it is anything other than that. But what has not changed at this club is the desire of the players to take the club forward and that is what we are trying to do.

"I don't think it will be done overnight, it won't be done on Twitter, it will be done with a lot of hard work and that is what we are trying to do.

"They won the Carling Cup because they deserved to win it and it was fantastic. But that is not us finished and we want to progress the club as far as we can. I wouldn't let the Carling Cup get in the way of anything - and it hasn't done."

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