Kenny Dalglish:”We deserved to win”

Kenny Dalglish:”We deserved to win.”



Kenny Dalglish paid tribute to the ‘fantastic’ performance of his players following Liverpool’s dramatic 2-1 victory at Chelsea on Sunday evening. A sublime solo strike from Glen Johnson three minutes from time moved the Reds level with the fourth-placed Londoners on 22 points after substitute Daniel Sturridge had cancelled out Maxi Rodriguez’s opener.

However, the boss was keen to praise the collective effort of his charges rather than focus on individuals. Dalglish told his post-match press conference: “If you have a fantastic performance you’ve got a better chance of getting a result and I think that’s what we did. “We played really well in the first half, they got into it a bit in the second, equalised and put us under a bit of pressure, but the players hung on in there and the result matched their ambitions. “It’s not bad when your right full-back does it – and it gives you an indication of the commitment and what the players were hoping to get out of the game. We’re happy with how we’ve played and delighted with the three points. “It was a great finish by Glen. I don’t know what he was doing in there but it was a great finish!

Dalglish made three changes to the side that were held to a goalless draw by Swansea prior to the international break with Dirk Kuyt joining Craig Bellamy and Maxi Rodriguez  in the starting XI. Asked why he had chosen to pick the latter two for the clash with the Blues, Dalglish said: “It seemed like a good idea at the time.

“He likes London, Maxi – he likes the temperature here! He’s a really intelligent footballer, as is Craig Bellamy. The two of them really appreciate their profession, they know how to look after themselves. We know what we get from both the lads and you could see how good they are. “We had a lot of really good players.” The Reds went in front when Charlie Adam’s industry was complimented by some intelligent work by Bellamy, who picked out Maxi to fire home. Quizzed about the unselfish role played by the duo, Dalglish quipped: “Were they unselfish or should they have shot? But no, they showed appreciation. “The fact Charlie won it set us off – that was the most important thing in the move and the rest of them are really intelligent footballers, all of them. They’re not greedy and they know that it’s beneficial for the team for someone to have a tap in. It was a good goal.”

The success made it two wins on Chelsea’s home turf in 2011 for Daglish and co following on from last season’s hard-fought 1-0 triumph. However, the boss felt the Reds produced a more polished showing this time around. “We played better today but we got the same reward,” he said. “We scored twice as many goals. We looked a better team, especially in the first half. Last year’s was pretty defensive but this year we stood against them.” Dalglish was also asked for his thoughts following the news that Brad Jones’s son, Luca had passed away. He said: “It was disappointing for everyone at the football club. Luca had been ill for a while and unfortunately he never got any better. That’s when football becomes irrelevant when a boy loses his life. “I don’t think we’d ever use Brad’s misfortune to motivate ourselves, I don’t think that would be right. I think everyone’s been in touch with him but you dread to think what the boy’s going through. He knows everyone at the football club is thinking of him and feels hugely sympathetic towards him.”

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