Dalglish pays tribute to players
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish believes his squad's achievement in keeping European qualification alive should not be under-estimated.
The Scot took over from Roy Hodgson in early January with the club lingering in mid-table - having slumped as low as 19th at one point. With very few major changes, he has succeeded in not only arresting the slide but putting together a run which has lifted them up to sixth, five points behind Tottenham Hotspur.
Owner John Henry admitted this week he was surprised by the lack of depth in the squad when his Fenway Sports Group bought Liverpool in October. Dalglish hardly had chance to change that in the January transfer window, losing two players in Fernando Torres and Ryan Babel and gaining a couple in Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez.
Those alterations were seen as the start of a new beginning at Anfield - although Carroll was unavailable for over a month with a thigh problem - and Dalglish was keen to praise the squad's efforts.
"I still don't think sixth place is the position we actually want to be in," said the 60-year-old, "But credit to the players because there have only been two transfers out and two in, and the lads that have got us to where we are deserve great credit for it.
"I don't think they could have done much more. I think they've done more than they possibly could. We've won some games maybe people thought we couldn't win and we've lost other games we thought we should win, but at the end of the day, as we keep saying, we will add up the points at the end of the season and see where we are.
"If we were to finish sixth it would be an achievement for the players that they have got that far in such a short space of time but we just need to keep going and see what happens.
"The Tottenham game is our second to last match of the season but we are only looking as far ahead as Man City [on Monday], because as we've always said the next game is the most important one and that's all we can concentrate on.
"Whatever happens between now and when we play Aston Villa, which is our last game, will dictate whether we are closer to Tottenham or further away. We will just put all our energy towards getting a result against Manchester City first."
Carroll anticipating first goal
Dalglish has been fortunate in that both his new signings have settled well, even taking into account the fact Carroll is still not fully fit. Suarez already has two goals to his credit but his fellow new arrival is still awaiting his maiden strike, having broken his England duck in only his second game in last week's friendly against Ghana.
The 22-year-old is desperate to start paying back the fans who have given him such a warm welcome and feels it is only a matter of time before he is on the scoresheet for his new club.
"I feel I am getting towards full fitness," said Liverpool's £35million record signing. "I am working hard on it and I am in the gym most days doing extra work. It was just a great feeling to score a goal again [for England] after a long injury.
"A goal for Liverpool is what I am waiting for. It's going to be great because the fans have given me a brilliant reception without scoring a goal, and now I can't wait to get a goal and make everyone happy. It's great to be here. The lads are fantastic, I get on well with all of them, and the fans are great as well. I'm just getting myself back to fitness now, so it's all good."