Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has no intention of settling for seventh place after a 1-0 victory over Fulham lifted his side to their highest position in the Barclays Premier League this season.
John Pantsil's 52nd-minute own goal turned out to be the decisive moment in the game, although up to that point the major talking point revolved around assistant referee Mick McDonough. The official incorrectly flagged Fernando Torres offside as he raced on to Raul Meireles' sixth-minute through-ball to slot past goalkeeper David Stockdale.
"I think we are better than that," said Dalglish of his side's position in the table. "It is getting a bit more realistic but we are not getting carried away with being seventh - that is not where this football club wants to be. We want to be further up than that but to do that we have to win more games and that is what we will try to do, starting against Stoke."
Asked what his long-term objective was he replied: "To beat Stoke next Wednesday, the same we have done here since I can remember.
"We have never come in at the start of the season and said 'we're going to do this or that', we just went out to do the best we could. At the end of the season we added up the points to see where we were and I don't any reason to change that. It never did us any harm. It is the only way I know, that is the way I was brought up."
On the game he felt his side did well to keep the determined Cottagers at bay.
"I think Fulham will be feeling a little hard-done by because they will think they deserved something from the game," he added. "But there have been many games when we thought we deserved more from it than we got. The boys showed a great deal of determination and effort and it is great credit to them after a hard run of games."
Fulham boss Mark Hughes also felt his side deserved more from the game.
"We are shaking our heads in there," he said. "I've been involved in many teams as a player and a manager coming here where we've been totally dominated and been lucky to get anything.
"This was the complete opposite. To take the game to Liverpool and not get anything was disappointing."
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