Dalglish hails Liverpool spirit

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has praised the performance of his side after they beat Manchester United 2-1 at Anfield in the fourth round of the FA Cup, PA reports. A first half header from Daniel Agger and a 88th minute strike from Dirk Kuyt gave the Reds the victory at Anfield.

Off-field matters had dominated the buildup before the game after the last time the two sides met, Luis Suarez racially abused Patrice Evra. The Reds did not have the same amount of possession as United, but managed to get the victory with some good finishing and progressed to the fifth round. Dalglish was delighted with his players and is hoping their spirit can continue into the league, when they travel to Molineux on Wednesday.

Dalglish said: ‘It was a fantastic effort from our players after what they had to get through on Wednesday night. To ask them to come back and play again on Saturday morning was pushing it a bit too far. Their commitment, attitude and desire to get a result was fantastic and we cannot speak highly enough of them after that performance and result.’

The Reds boss was also delighted with the crowd at Anfield and despite a few chants, as well as one fan arrested for making a racist gesture, the game went swimmingly for police. Liverpool have now progressed over both Manchester sides in the last week and have their name in the fifth round draw, looking for a second trip to Wembley. The Reds face Cardiff in the Carling Cup final next month.

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