Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has hailed the ‘encouraging signs’ shown by his new strike partnership Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez, after their first start together in yesterday’s Barclays Premier League encounter.
Reflecting on a hard-fought 0-2 victory over a battling Sunderland side at the Stadium of Light, Dalglish reflected on a positive display from his £60million front line.
"The two lads we brought in during January played together for the first time and showed a lot of very encouraging signs.
"Suarez looks a good player and scored fantastic goals, and Andy made a fantastic physical effort to play 90 minutes on Thursday and another 70 today [Sunday].
"The lads linked up well at times - we have a lot of enjoyable viewing to come from them.
"One is 5ft the other 6ft something, they compliment each other. People get carried away about Andy’s aerial asset, he is proficient on the floor too."
Liverpool move up to sixth in the Barclays Premier League table, just four points behind Tottenham, with European qualification the Reds’ primary target for the season.
Yesterday’s Wearside win took Dalglish’s points total to 20 out of a possible 30 since he replaced Roy Hodgson at the Anfield helm in January, but the Kop legend insists that it’s the players who deserve all the credit.
"The way all the players went about their job today was great credit to them and showed how much pride and respect they have for this football club and the people who support it."