Dalglish sees signs of progress

Sunday’s 1-1 draw against 10-man Manchester City may have been the

fourth successive time they have been held at home but that does

not really tell the full story. Having gone behind to Vincent

Kompany’s 31st-minute goal they equalised within two minutes when

Charlie Adam’s shot was turned past Joe Hart by Joleon Lescott.

From that point most of the attacking was done by the team in red

and when Mario Balotelli was sent off for a second bookable offence

just 18 minutes after coming on, the pressure only increased on

Roberto Mancini’s side. Had it not been for England goalkeeper Joe

Hart, who pulled off a series of good saves, Liverpool would have

inflicted City’s first Barclays Premier League defeat of the

season. It was a similar story just over a month ago when

Manchester United were the visitors and although there have been

dropped points against Norwich and Swansea in between, Dalglish can

see the positives. “We have played both Manchester clubs here now

and we have walked away a little bit disappointed we have only take

one point off each,” said the Scot. “Maybe that is the mark of the

improvements we have made here. “We are delighted with the way we

played and the quality of the performance and with a bit more luck

we could have had three points. “We will play a lot worse than that

and get three points.” Dalglish was full of praise for his players

who, certainly for the majority of the second half, made City look

ordinary – something very few English teams have done this season.

“They had fantastic attitude, commitment, determination and pride

in playing for the club and we can’t ask for much more than that,”

he said. “If you are playing a team the quality of Manchester City

you can’t afford to have anyone playing below standard. “I don’t

think any one of our players could be – or should be – disappointed

with their performance. “If we can continue doing what we are doing

then they will get more points than they lose.” The draw extended

Liverpool’s unbeaten run in all competitions to 10 matches but

Dalglish insisted he was only concerned about the future. “We don’t

count backwards, we look forwards but we are delighted with the way

the boys are playing,” he added.