Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish impressed by the Reds’ young stars

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish heaps praise on the Reds' young guns after their 1-1 draw against Aston Villa on Saturday

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Kenny Dalglish was impressed by Jonjo Shelvey's performance against Aston Villa Football League

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Kenny Dalglish has heaped praise on Liverpool’s young stars after the Reds came from a goal behind to salvage a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa at Anfield on Saturday.

The 61-year-old was delighted by the commitment of John Flanagan, Jordan Henderson and Jonjo Shelvey against Alex McLeish’s side, and Dalglish admitted it has been difficult for the trio to step into a struggling side.

“I thought Shelvey, Flanagan and Jordan were excellent,” Dalglish told Liverpool’s website.

“We were chasing the game, we wanted to try and win it so we had to put Andy Carroll and Craig Bellamy on but it was no reflection on what anyone was doing.

“A change of things sometimes brings you a change of fortune and Danny Agger came on as well.

“So the young boys have been excellent for us when they’ve played in the team. At whatever stage this year, they’ve been excellent.

“They’re a great credit to themselves. But sometimes it’s unfair on them to be put into a team that’s not in the best form that it’s capable of being in. But they did brilliantly, the boys.”

Dalglish also hailed Liverpool’s second-choice goalkeeper Alexander Doni after the Brazilian stepped into the first-team to deputise for the suspended Pepe Reina.

The 32-year-old made his Premier League debut in Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Villa after Doni joined from Roma on a free transfer last summer.

“I was a wee bit scared when he did the Cruyff turn against the boy in the box,” added Dalglish.

“But he was excellent and it’s a great credit to him that he’s kept himself in such great shape. Because that’s his first game since he came to the club.

“He never had much to do, which in itself was a test for a goalkeeper, and he did well – he came and caught a couple of crosses.

“We were pleased with most of the things we did and if we keep up the same commitment then we’ll be okay.”

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