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Kenny Dalglish was delighted with the way Liverpool put their preparations for the new season back on track with victory over Valencia and reserved special praise for goalscorer Andy Carroll.

The former Newcastle striker, a big money buy in January, notched his third goal of pre-season against the La Liga outfit, to set the Reds on their way, before Dirk Kuyt's late second sealed the win.

"I think the boys deserve great credit for the work they've done out there," he said. "They've worked hard all week on the organisational side of it.

"They got their reward for what they did in training by not conceding any goals and that's as pleasing for us as scoring two at the other end.


"We are delighted with everybody and delighted with the attitude and commitment. Winning against such quality opposition won't do us any harm."

After setting Liverpool on their way against Valencia, Carroll earned praise from manager Dalglish, who claims the England striker is over his injury problems.

"We were delighted by Andy's performance," he said. "You could see him flying about there and that he is over his injury problems. That's great for us.

"He's worked very hard and we are delighted he has got over his knee injury and that he can train properly now."

Despite the victory in the club's final pre-season game before the start of the new season, injury to Glen Johnson marred what was a thoroughly rounded performance from Dalglish's men.

"We'll see what it is in the morning," Dalglish added. "Everyone is in and we'll assess how they are before they have to leave for international duty. It was his (Johnson's) thigh. Like I say, we'll know more tomorrow."

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