Kenny Dalglish thrilled with Liverpool’s league displays
Liverpool manager says he is more than satisfied with his side's start to the new Premier League season
Kenny Dalglish insists he is delighted with Liverpool’s performances in the Premier League so far this season.
The Reds suffered their first top flight defeat of the new campaign at Stoke City on Saturday after having impressed in their opening games, including a 2-0 victory at Arsenal in August.
But the Liverpool manager, whose side travel to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, says he has been more than satisfied with his side’s start.
“The performances have been very, very good so far,” said Dalglish. “It’s only 45 minutes in the second half [in the 1-1 draw] against Sunderland – that is the least effective we’ve been.
“But it was by no way, shape or form a bad performance by us though. We’ve been happy with the way the players have gone about their work.
“With a little bit of luck we could have been sitting there with more points but we’ll just get on with it.”
Dalglish called on his side to “stick together” after the Stoke defeat, saying that the Reds are well prepared for the trip to White Hart Lane.
“There are lots of things for everybody to be happy about,” he continued. “The supporters, the staff, the players – everybody. As we always say, if we stick together we are going to be a formidable unit.
“That’s the most important thing, for everybody to stick together. If we lose a game we have to stick together. There is a disappointment which is good, but no-one is walking around with a petty lip or feeling sorry for themselves.
“They’ve trained well all week and I’m sure they will go into the game on Sunday in the right frame of mind and with the right attitude.”
The Reds boss also confirmed that captain Steven Gerrard is on the verge of recovering from the groin problem that has kept him out since the spring, but refused to set a date for the midfielder’s comeback.
“Obviously Steven is progressing well. Martin Kelly is back in training too. Fabio [Aurelio] is also close to coming back and joining us.
“We’ll pick and choose when is best for Steven. We’ll decide which game suits him best. We’ll analyse his progress like we do with everybody. We’ll do the same for Martin Kelly.
“Everybody that is asked to play will be fit enough to play. We’ll just wait and see – there is no rush. We’ve just got to use common sense.”