Liverpool 0 Tottenham 0: Kenny Dalglish upbeat despite stalemate

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish praises the Reds' performance, despite their best efforts not being enough to beat Tottenham

Premier League, 6 February 2012, Anfield
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Kenny Dalglish was full of praise for Liverpool’s display despite his side being held to their eighth home draw of the season by Tottenham on Monday.

Gareth Bale squandered the visitors’ best chance of the game late in the second half, while Andy Carroll looked a threat in front of Brad Friedel’s goal during a closely contested Premier League clash at Anfield.

The stalemate leaves Liverpool in seventh place, one point behind Arsenal in sixth and four behind Chelsea in fourth.

“We’re really pleased with the way the team played,” Dalglish told Sky Sports. “We put them under an awful lot of pressure and kept our shape and determination.

“We’ve played a lot of the top sides here – Tottenham are a top side and we’ve done very well against them. The most important thing for us is that we’re really pleased with the way everyone performed.”

Dalglish reserved particular praise for Pepe Reina, who did well to keep out Bale’s low effort as the Wales forward rushed through on goal in the 85th minute.

“Pepe didn’t have much to do [during the game] but it was a good save from him and he stood up really well,” he continued. “But everybody in the team made a contribution. That was Pepe’s time to stand up – and he did.”

Substitute Luis Suárez looked lively as he made his first appearance since Boxing Day after serving his eight-game ban – and Dalglish could not hide his delight at the Uruguayan’s return.

“It’s fantastic for us to get him back – he should never have been out in the first place,” he said. “It would have been totally unfair to start him after not playing since Boxing Day. As much as we admire him and love him, we’ve also got to manage him.”

And Dalglish felt a draw was the least his side deserved. He added: “It would have been disappointing if we didn’t get anything of the game – I don’t think the severest of critics would have said that we deserved nothing,” he added.

“We’re in a better position than we were last year. We’ve got a cup final to look forward to and we’ve got the fifth round of the FA Cup to look forward to.

“Like everyone else, we’d love to convert more chances but there’s not another team that has constructed as many chances as we have I don’t think.”

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