Dalglish focused despite Liverpool’s win over Man United

Liverpool boss warns his side they still face an uphill task in their bid to secure a European spot

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE, 6 MARCH 2011, ANFIELD
team1
Liverpool
Kuyt (34, 39, 65)
3 – 1
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Man United
Hernández (90)

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish refused to get carried away following his side’s emphatic victory over Manchester United on Sunday.

Dirk Kuyt struck a predatory hat-trick within 65 minutes to give Liverpool an insurmountable three-goal lead before substitute Javier Hernández nodded home a consolation for Sir Alex Ferguson’s men in the dying moments.

The Reds boss was quick to heap praise on both teams at the final whistle but warned his side they face an uphill task in their bid to secure a European spot. He said: “I thought both sets of players were fantastic credit and made it an enjoyable spectacle for everyone.

“The closer you get to the top the more difficult it is to close the gap.

“Moving from 20th to sixth is not as big a problem as moving from two to one so the higher you go the more difficult the step up is.

“United are a great benchmark but our season is not finished.

“We got our reward for the victory in three points in the league but we just want to keep going and get as many as we possibly can.

Sunday’s result pushes Liverpool back into sixth place, six points behind Tottenham in fifth while Arsenal now have the opportunity to draw level with United at the top if the Gunners can win their game in hand.

Dalglish also spoke of Liverpool owner John W Henry’s commitment to helping the Reds move forward by investing further funds in the summer.

“The owners (Americans Fenway Sports Group) are determined to move the club forward within reason, whatever that is going to be they will do their best to provide it,” said the Liverpool manager.

“But the players who played there did not do themselves any harm in terms of being part of the club going forward.”

Hat-trick hero Kuyt was delighted with his “perfect” three-goal haul. The Dutchman said: “You dream about the hat-trick and to do it against United is the best feeling ever. It’s perfect.

“I’m more than happy but I have to thank Luis because he played great and created two of the goals.

“They were quite easy goals, I used to score them in Holland when I played more like a striker. They count and I’m more than happy to take them.”

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