Dalglish: Liverpool aren’t suffering from a Carling Cup hangover
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish refutes any suggestion the Reds have become complacent since winning the Carling Cup
Kenny Dalglish has denied Liverpool’s Carling Cup success has distracted his side from their aim of finishing in the top four ahead of the Reds’ trip to St James’ Park on Sunday.
The Merseysiders have lost five of their last six league games which has seen Liverpool’s hopes of Champions League football next season extinguished, falling 12 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.
The Reds ended their six-year wait for silverware by beating Cardiff City 3-2 on penalties in the Carling Cup final in February – but Dalglish insists the cup triumph has only made his players hungry for further success.
“Winning the Carling Cup was fantastic and the players deserved to win it,” Dalglish told Liverpool’s website.
“We said after that wasn’t us finished and that we wanted to continue and progress the club as far as we possibly can.
“We haven’t stopped since we won the Carling Cup. It hasn’t got in the way of anything.
“I don’t think anyone got carried away. If you look at the games since then I think you are undermining them to say they have played quite well.
“You can view the performances quite highly apart from maybe one – Wigan wasn’t as good as it could have been.
“They have tasted success and they want to taste more. There’s a difference between confidence and complacency. I don’t think we will ever be complacent.
“They have shown with their performances that they believe in what we are trying to achieve here.
“What hasn’t changed at this football club is the desire of the players and everyone at it to move the club forward. It won’t be done overnight.”