Dalglish hails collective contribution

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Kenny Dalglish says the entire Liverpool squad should take collective praise for helping Pepe Reina lead the way in the Premier League clean sheet stakes.

The Reds' 0-0 draw with Tottenham on Monday night was the 10th time the opposition has failed to breach Liverpool's defence in 24 league outings this term.

This latest shut-out saw Reina draw level with Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, although the Spaniard can boast a record of having conceded two less goals than the league leaders.

It is a record that fills Dalglish with a sense of pride, although the Scot has been quick to point out that every player has contributed to Liverpool's fine defensive record.

"The clean sheet on Monday was Pepe's 10th of the season, which puts him at the top of the list in the division," the Liverpool manager told LFC Magazine.

"But while it is the goalkeeper who gets the recognition, everybody plays a part in achieving those clean sheets.

"Pepe made a really good save late on in the game on Monday and, like the rest of the team, made an important contribution to us getting the result.

"Like everything else, whether you're attacking the goal or whether you're defending it, everybody has to be taken into consideration.

"They have all made a contribution to us not losing too many goals.

"The forwards work hard to play their part and you could go straight through the team. In the same way, everybody contributes to making a goal."

Following the goalless draw with Spurs at Anfield, Liverpool find themselves four points adrift of the Champions League places in seventh position.

The Reds will have the opportunity to close the gap on those above them when they face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.

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