Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has praised the performance of Craig Bellamy as the Welshman overcame the loss of his friend Gary Speed to inspire The Reds to the Carling Cup last-four.

The 32-year-old first set up Maxi Rodriguez and then Martin Kelly to put the seven-time winners in the hat for the semi-finals with victory over Chelsea.

And Dalglish, who left Bellamy out of his side to face Manchester City on Sunday following the news of Speed's passing, wasn't surprised to see the forward make a decisive contribution.

"Craig is a fantastic footballer who had a hugely disappointing day on Sunday. He regarded Gary Speed as a mentor," said Dalglish.

"It was great for the wee man, making the first goal. For the second he took the free-kick. He told Martin to leave it, it was going in!

"I don't know if we took Chelsea apart but we were delighted with the way we played. We've had a good day and we deserved to go through."

The Scot has uncertain news concerning Brazilian midfielder Lucas, who was stretchered off in the second half with what appeared to be a knee injury.

"Lucas has damaged his knee, we don't know what the problem is," Dalglish added.

"We'll get it looked at and take it from there. Rather than speculate we'll wait until we get a medical update. We'll let everyone know in due course."

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