Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish was full of praise for his side after their 2-0 win over Everton in the Merseyside derby.
The Reds played a large spell of the game against ten-men following Jack Rodwell's controversial red card, and were frustrated in the first half when Dirk Kuyt's penalty was saved and Charlie Adam struck the crossbar.
But, perserverence proved to be the key for the Anfield outfit, and it was a team performance that pleased the manager more than anything.
"It was pretty even 11 against 11. I have not seen the incident, so I don't know whether he deserved red or not. After they went down to 10, we were very professional, composed and thorough in what we were trying to do," Dalglish told the official Liverpool website.
"Sometimes it is difficult to play against 10. It was difficult because you know what you're going to get from Everton and they put in a great effort to try and keep it at 0-0, or even win it themselves.
"It was never going to be easy for us, but I think the way we went about our work was a great credit to the players."
Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez were on the scoresheet for the visitors at Goodison Park, and 'King Kenny' believes the strike pair showed their potential for a future partnership.
"We said when we signed both of them (Carroll and Suarez) it was a great bit of business for the club and we don't see any reason to change that opinion. I don't think there's any need for us to have a weekly bulletin about how they've played either," the manager continued.
"We're delighted with them. Andy has worked really, really hard in training and he is getting his reward on the pitch."
Skipper Steven Gerrard took another step on his return to full fitness, coming off the bench alongside Craig Bellamy with the score at 0-0 to hope turn things in Liverpool's favour.
"It's another step forward for Steven coming on in the derby and getting a few more minutes under his belt. I think Steven aired his views yesterday and I don't think there is anything I need to add with regards to that," concluded Dalglish in reference to Gerrard stating he wasn't ready to return for England.
"With regards to any reaction after the game, there was none whatsoever other than happiness about the result."
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