Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has paid tribute to his side after the 5-0 rout against Birmingham.
The Reds were on top form at Anfield, with Maxi Rodriguez grabbing a hat-trick, Dirk Kuyt scoring in-between in the first-half and Joe Cole striking late in the second.
"It won't do Joe or Maxi any harm and the joy the players got from Maxi scoring his hat-trick and Joe scoring his goal reflects how close a group they are and that is great for the club," said Dalglish, reflecting on the team spirit post-match.
"They are all playing for each other and the players are going to play better if they are confident and if they are happy going to work they will get better results."
With £35 million striker signing Andy Carroll missing out through injury, Maxi more than stepped up to the plate playing behind a frontman, and Dalglish was quick to pay tribute to the Argentine international.
"Maxi is a very intelligent footballer. He's not a direct replacement for Andy but he's got more goals than him in that one performance. Maxi has not played for a few weeks and came on and did a fantastic job for us," continued the Scottish boss.
Whilst the result leaves the visiting Blues in the relegation mix, Liverpool moved a step closer to securing sixth place whilst closing the gap on Spurs, who could only draw against West Brom.
Dalglish reveled in the victory, and the Merseysiders will now be setting their sites on qualification for the Europa League.
"I think we were deserved winners, we played some fantastic football and we have had a good day and it was very enjoyable for us."
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