Dalglish reserves praise for forwards

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Kenny Dalglish believes that Liverpool have responded well to their defeat at the hands of Tottenham over the weekend, with the Reds manager singling out Craig Bellamy for special praise in their 2-1 win over Brighton.

Bellamy scored the first goal of the game in a dominant first-half for Liverpool, and also played a part in the breakaway for Dirk Kuyt to score the second goal and subsequently win the match.

And Dalglish was particularly excited by Bellamy’s performance, saying his support for the club is reflecting in his style of play.


"I thought he was fantastic,” Dalglish said. “When he came in we said he'd make a contribution and it's not taken him long.

"He just loves playing football. He's enthusiastic and very fit. He loves this football club. He's a supporter of this club, which sometimes sounds a bit sickly, but he actually is a supporter and wants to go out and do his best for the club.”

Dalglish, who brought seven fresh faces to the Liverpool squad this summer, argued that the side are only just learning to play together following the new additions, and as they form a close-knit group will begin to improve.

"I thought all of the forwards linked up well; Suarez, Maxi, Kuyt and Bellamy,” he said.

"Craig's a good footballer, an intelligent player, and they all linked up well with him. It looks like they will get on together."

Bellamy put in a top performance for Liverpool, but the player most pundits were talking about was Steven Gerrard and his long awaited return to the pitch. And Dalglish had nothing but praise for the skipper, who came on at the 75th minute.

He explained: "It was fantastic for everyone connected with the football club to see him back. I'm more pleased for Steven than anyone else. He's worked very hard to get here.

"He's had disappointments along the way and that 15 minutes will have given him a lift. We'll monitor the situation as diligently as we have done to get him this far. We need to be careful with him.

"We don't know when Steven will be at full pelt but it certainly makes our squad a lot stronger.

"We said when the transfer window shut that we were happy with the business we had done and getting Steven back would be like a new signing considering he's been out for six months.

"For us it's a real, real addition to get your talisman back. It's great for us and fantastic for Steven."

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