Premier League - Dalglish hails 'clever' Maxi

Tue, 10 May 00:18:00 2011

Kenny Dalglish hailed hat-trick hero Maxi Rodriguez and his side's "fantastic" performance in Liverpool's 5-2 demolition of Fulham in the Premier League.

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Argentine Rodriguez struck a second treble in as many weeks to take his tally to seven goals in his last three outings.

Dirk Kuyt and Luis Suarez were also on target at Craven Cottage as Liverpool continued their resurgence under Dalglish by moving into fifth place.

Dalglish said: "That was a fantastic performance...the players are a credit to their profession.

"We started really brightly, the football they played, the movement, work rate and effort to stop Fulham playing. Fulham had a right go at us in the second half but we matched them."

Of Rodriguez, Dalglish said: "He's a very clever player.

"A lot of balls have been falling to him in the box - but you've got to be there to put them away and he has been.

"You can't score if you're not playing and he had a few games off and has come back really strong. I'm delighted for him and everybody.

"We've done fantastically well since January and it's great credit to the players, Steve Clarke, Sammy (Lee) and the backroom staff - it's not a one-man band by any shape or form.

"We'll just keep going and see what happens."

Such has been Liverpool's remarkable turnaround since Dalglish returned to the club to replace Roy Hodgson, the clammer for the Scot to sign a permanent deal at Anfield has reached deafening proportions on Merseyside.

Dalglish, however, would not drawn on the subject.

He said: "When we've got something to tell you, we'll tell you. Nobody's under any pressure whatsoever.

"But it wouldn't matter if you were manager if we've won 5-2!"


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