Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish full of praise for ‘fantastic’ Stoke
Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish claims Stoke City do not get the credit they deserve for playing to their strengths
Kenny Dalglish has voiced his belief that Stoke City do not get the credit they deserve ahead of Liverpool’s FA Cup quarter-final against Tony Pulis’s men on Sunday.
The Potters’ direct style of play has been called into question on numerous occasions since Tony Pulis steered them into the Premier League in 2008 – but the Liverpool boss says Stoke should be congratulated for playing to their strengths.
“We know it’s going to be difficult [on Sunday], we know they’re going to be very well organised and we know they’re going to be a threat at set plays,” said Dalglish.
“In some quarters Tony Pulis’s team are criticised for the way they play but they won’t get any criticism from us. They play the way that’s best suited to them, they play within the rules and they’re a credit to that football club.
“What they’ve done has been fantastic. They’ve had a fantastic season.
“They got to the final of the FA Cup last year, they qualified for the Europa League and have had a fantastic run in that before being put out by Valencia. They played very well and were unfortunate to get knocked out.”
Dalglish, who led Liverpool to the Carling Cup in February after a penalty shoot-out win over Cardiff City at Wembley, admits he is desperate to seal a return to the national stadium by booking a spot in the FA Cup semi-finals.
He added: “Stoke have been to Wembley too, they’ve tasted it before and they know what the rewards are and how much they enjoyed it, although they lost the final.
“We’ve been to Wembley as well, we enjoyed it and we want to go back. We’ve been, we’ve tasted it. But every one of the eight teams have the same incentive – to get to Wembley.
“Whether you’ve been before and want to go back or you’ve never been and have got the hunger to get there, it doesn’t make any difference.”