Suarez inspires Liverpool to 200th Dalglish win
Exeter City 1 Liverpool 3: Charlie Adam believes Liverpool's new-look midfield is beginning to gel after a strong side overcame Exeter 3-1 at St James Park in the Carling Cup second round last night.
Luis Suarez got the first goal and then set up Maxi Rodriguez and Andy Carroll for the others before Daniel Nardiello grabbed a late penalty for the hosts.
Liverpool's line-up suggested Kenny Dalglish — who last night recorded his 200th win as Reds boss — is taking the competition seriously, but it also served as another chance for his new signings to get experience together.
“I think you've seen with the players out there tonight that we've come here to do a job and we've done that,” the summer signing from Blackpool said.
“It's going to be a difficult game coming down here but we've shown the right respect to Exeter, a good side, but done the job and that's the important thing for us.
“We've got good players who can play with each other. That's two wins on the bounce now and we'll look for another on Saturday (against Bolton),” said Adam.
Dalglish was happy to see his new signings take another step forward but was most impressed by the attitude shown against lower league opposition.
“Definitely it gets us another game and the longer they play together and train together the better they'll get, but the most commendable thing is the attitude,” Dalglish said afterwards.
The only bad point for Liverpool was an injury to Raul Meireles, with Dalglish confirming he had damaged his collar bone, although the precise nature of the injury is not yet known.
“He'll come back up with us and we'll see how long it takes,” Dalglish said.
“I don't know how serious it is, but it'll be a few weeks.”
The Portuguese had left the field on 19 minutes — to be replaced by Carroll — clutching his shoulder after coming off worse in a challenge with Danny Coles.
Suarez inspired a comfortable victory, with the Uruguayan grabbing the opener after 23 minutes, volleying home before teeing up Maxi Rodriguez in the 55th minute and Carroll in the 58th to put a seal on the victory.
Nardiello did at least pull a goal back from the spot 10 minutes from time after he had been felled by Martin Skrtel in the box.
Overall it was a happy outcome for Dalglish in what was his first League Cup tie as Reds boss since 1990.