Henry hails 'extraordinary' Dalglish

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Liverpool owner John Henry has hailed his manager Kenny Dalglish as 'extraordinary' following the Reds' victory in the Carling Cup final on Sunday.

The Merseysiders ended 17 years of Wembley hurt with a penalty shootout win over Cardiff City and recorded their eighth triumph in the competition.

Dalglish was initially appointed by Henry on a temporary basis following the dismissal of Roy Hodgson in January of last year, and was rewarded with a three-year contract in the summer.

It has not taken long for the decision of Henry to be vindicated, with the Carling Cup win being the first time Liverpool have won a trophy since the FA Cup triumph over West Ham six years ago.

Henry was at Wembley on Sunday to witness the drama unfold and hopes this can be the beginning of something special for the Anfield club.

"The whole club had a lot of pressure but Kenny has been extraordinary from day one," he told LFC TV.

"This is the first step for this club in trying to get to the point where we're talking about things on the field rather than off the field.

"It's been going on for so many years now that it was time for the club to step up and win a big match like this."

Henry also hailed the resilience of the Liverpool players, and admits he would have been proud even if they had been beaten by Cardiff.

"Beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on two days' rest, to beat Manchester City over two legs - it was a tremendous accomplishment just to get here.

"Even if we'd lost I would have felt we'd accomplished a lot, but we didn't. It doesn't matter how you win if you win."

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