Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is excited about the team he is building at Anfield.

The Reds boss was reflecting on a year since his return to Merseyside last January and the success he has had.

The events of the last couple of weeks, a Carling Cup final after beating Manchester City and knocking Manchester United in the FA Cup, will have a lot to do with the positivity in evidence around Liverpool.

“We're excited with what's happening here lately and I think everybody can say they have moved the club on a little bit,” Dalglish is quoted saying on the official Liverpool website.

The Kop has witnessed something of a turnaround in the year since Dalglish returned to Anfield, with the first visit to Wembley since 2006 the icing on the cake.

However, Dalglish believes their day at Wembley is not the only thing to shout about and said the strength of the squad has improved – the evidence of this is their best chance for Champions League qualification in a couple of years.

“We've made good progress. And I don't think we need to look so much at the results against the two Manchester clubs to justify it,” he added.

“There was progress all along. The squad's much stronger now than it was last year - which is progress.”

Whether they can qualify for the Champions League or not, Liverpool fans are certainly happy with the job done by Dalglish.

This is in stark contrast to the negativity that pervaded the club during Roy Hodgson’s time in charge and the ownership battle that provided the backdrop for the current West Brom manager’s failure.

Dalglish’s side will have another chance to prove how far they have come in the past 12 months when they face third placed Tottenham Hotspur on Monday night.

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