Liverpool Daily – Dalglish eyes further improvement

Liverpool’s recent revival under Kenny Dalglish continued last night with a 1-0 win over Fulham at Anfield. John Pantsil’s second-half own goal gave Liverpool back-to-back wins for the first time since October and saw Dalglish pick up his first win at Anfield since his return to the club.

After the furore that surrounded Sian Massey’s appearance as an Assistant Referee on Saturday, and her knowledge of the offside rule, it was ironic that Liverpool should have a goal ruled out incorrectly by male assistant Mike McDonough on five minutes. Torres was flagged offside after latching onto a Raul Meireles through-ball and finishing tidily, with replays showing the Spaniard clearly onside. The Reds created a host of chances in the opening period, but were denied on several occasions by Fulham keeper David Stockdale who saved from Glen Johnson, Steven Gerrard and Meireles.

Fulham were not solely on the back foot, and should have taken the lead when Andrew Johnson’s cross found Moussa Dembele six yards out, but he could only shoot straight at Pepe Reina.

Liverpool eventually took the lead seven minutes into the second half. Torres’ effort from the edge of the box was deflected onto the post and Pantsil somehow managed to slice the ball into his own net. The goal saw Fulham come more into the game and Reina was forced to make saves from Clint Dempsey and Dembele to clinch the victory.

Kenny Dalglish was happy with the win but stated that the club was still not where he wanted them to be telling the press: “We’re not getting carried away with the fact that we’re seventh. That’s not where this football club wants to be. We want to be further up but to do that we’ve got to win more games and that’s what we’ll try and achieve, starting with Stoke next Wednesday.”

On the transfer front, and with less than a week to go until the transfer window closes, Liverpool continue to be linked to a host of names. Gary Cahill is reported to be a £10M target, although not until the summer when they will face stiff competition from Arsenal and Manchester United for the Bolton defender’s signature.

The Luis Suarez deal is still ongoing with the Daily Star reporting that the Uruguayan international will use the next 48 hours to get his agents to thrash out a deal with his current club Ajax to obtain his release. The Dutch club are looking for a fee in excess of £20M whilst Liverpool are reported to have offered just over £12M.

One signing has been made by the club, with 18-year-old winger Jason Banton signing a short-term deal following his release by Blackburn Rovers. Academy director Frank McParland told “Jason has been training with us here at the Academy for the past three to four weeks. He’s a talented winger who we feel can be a very good player for us. It’s up to him now to show that he has what it takes to wear the red shirt.”

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