Dalglish welcomes deserved win
Reds boss delighted to end home campaign on a high
Last Updated: May 8, 2012 10:52pm
Kenny Dalglish believes his Liverpool side finally got what they deserve at Anfield on Tuesday as they rounded off their home campaign with a 4-1 win over Chelsea.
A convincing victory over the side that put them to the sword in the FA Cup final just three days earlier offered a clear indication of what the Reds are capable of.
They have, however, struggled to hit those heights on a regular basis in 2011/12 and the midweek success against Chelsea was only their sixth in front of their own supporters in 19 attempts.
Dalglish is convinced that their showings have been better than their record suggests, but he is delighted to have given the Merseyside natives something to cling to heading into the summer.
"I think the players, every one, will be happy that they finished on a high note at Anfield," he told Sky Sports.
"That performance there is on a par with a lot of the performances that we have had this season but, here especially, we haven't had the results that the performances have deserved. Tonight we got that.
"(Branislav) Ivanovic hit the bar early doors, but maybe that's the luck that you need. We also hit the woodwork twice again, so for us it's satisfactory and I just hope that the supporters go away feeling very happy.
"I don't think there is any other place in the Premiership where the supporters would turn up and be as loyal and as supportive as they have been, especially tonight after losing the cup final at the weekend. Great credit to them and I hope the boys have put a smile on their face."
"That performance there is on a par with a lot of the performances that we have had this season but, here especially, we haven't had the results that the performances have deserved. Tonight we got that. "
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Dalglish has defended his players against any criticism which has come their way this term and he feels Liverpool's loyal supporters appreciate that he and his squad have given their all to a season which has seen them grace two cup finals and book their place in the 2012/13 Europa League.
"I think they understand better than anybody," he said.
"They know that there have been some very good performances here and they know that it hasn't been through the lack of trying and belief and determination to get the result. They understand that.
"There is a bit of silverware back in the cupboard after six years, back in Europe at the first time of asking after being out last year and we went close to winning the FA Cup.
"I think when they reflect on the season and the performances, I'm sure this one will feature quite highly, but there have been others that were just as good as that."