Dalglish pleased by performance

Reds boss focuses on positives after another home draw

Kenny Dalglish: Pleased with Liverpool's performance against Tottenham

Kenny Dalglish: Pleased with Liverpool's performance against Tottenham

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Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish was happy with his side's display despite being held at home by Tottenham.

The Reds set the tone at Anfield on Monday, but the Merseysiders were unable to find a way past former goalkeeper Brad Friedel.

Andy Carroll led the line well for the hosts, although the ex-Newcastle man failed to find the back of the net. Instead it was Gareth Bale who came the closest to securing all three points, the Spurs midfielder only shooting straight at Pepe Reina when through on goal.

When asked if a point was a fair result, Dalglish replied: "It's not really important what we think.

Performance

"I think the most important thing for us was we're really pleased with the way the team played.

"We put them under an awful lot of pressure. We kept our own shape, purpose and determination.

"Like any other game you just need the bounce of the ball to go your way. If we'd got one to go our way we possibly would have won it.

"We've played all the top sides here, Tottenham are a top side, and we've done very well against them.

"So whether we think it's just or unjust is irrelevant at the moment. The most important thing for us is we're really pleased with the way everyone performed.

"Everybody deserved credit. Pepe didn't have much to do. Everyone made a contribution.

Disappointing

"It would have been disappointing had we not got anything from the game. I don't think the harshest of the critics would have said we deserved nothing.

"Andy Carroll was very, very good tonight. We're delighted with him.

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

"Like everyone else we'd like to convert more chances. There's not another team that has constructed as many chances as we have, I don't think. And there's not as many teams that has lost of few goals as we have. So we're three quarters of the way there."

The match marked the return of Luis Suarez following a lengthy ban and Dalglish stuck to his guns that the Uruguay international should never have been banned.

"It's fantastic for us to get him back. He should never have been out in the first place. For me, it would have been totally unfair to start him. We've got to manage him," he concluded.