Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has admitted delight at his team’s 2-1 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, praising the performance of his men.
A late Glen Johnson strike gave the Merseysiders the three points after Daniel Sturridge had cancelled out Maxi Rodriguez’s opener, and the Scottish coach was ecstatic with his side’s showing.
“We wanted the same belief and positivity as last year. I think they surpassed that and were better this year than they were last year,” Dalglish told Sky Sports.
“It is a great credit to them to come away from here with three points.
“In the first half we got a goal and were playing really well. In the second half they changed a little bit, put a bit more pressure on us and got the equaliser.
“But we hung on in there and to their credit they kept going. And at that stage of the game to have our right full-back up there and slotting it away is a great credit to the players and how much they want to move forward.
“I thought we played really well in the first half, and I don’t know if anyone would object to us taking the three points.
“I was just pleased with the way they played, their attitude and their commitment. It was ‘Dad’s Army’ really, with a lot of the old boys playing. Then the young boys came on and they never let us down either.
“It was a good day for Liverpool football club,” he concluded.
Liverpool now face league leaders Manchester City next Sunday, and will look to prove themselves as top four contenders with another positive result.
By Gareth McKnight