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Dalglish hails Anfield performance

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Kenny Dalglish heaped praise on his Liverpool players after bouncing back from a disappointing defeat at the hands of Bolton Wanderers last weekend, by completing a Carling Cup and FA Cup double over both their Manchester rivals.

Wednesday evening's 2-2 draw with Manchester City was enough to confirm the Reds' place in their first Wembley final since 1996, with a 3-2 aggregate victory.

The euphoria of that midweek success at Anfield was further compounded as Liverpool brushed past Manchester United in today's FA Cup fourth round encounter with a 2-1 win courtesy of an 87th minute strike from second-half substitute Dirk Kuyt.

"The week started badly for us at Bolton," Dalglish told his post-match press conference. "It's fantastic credit to the players and how much pride they take in this football club to get themselves back on track as quickly as they did.

"It was a fantastic effort from our players after what they went through on Wednesday night. To ask them to come back and play on the Saturday morning was maybe pushing it a bit far but their commitment, their attitude and their desire to get a result was fantastic.

"I can't speak highly enough of them after that performance and result today."

The match will also be remembered as a platform that Andy Carroll used to turn in an impressive display, to quieten the 'boo-boys' who have criticised the £35million striker following a series of under-par performances for the Reds this season.

"Well done, Andy!" was Dalglish's message for his striker. "He is good in the air but we've got to develop that, he's got to develop that to work within our framework.

"We've got to work with him and we'll be a lot more patient than a lot of other people will, and I'm sure we'll get our rewards in the end. And we're starting to bear fruits now."

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