Kenny keeps feet on the floor

BY foxsports • February 7, 2011

When Fernando Torres agreed to join Chelsea on transfer deadline day, the chances of Dalglish declaring it "a great week" for the club just days later seemed slim indeed. Torres was loved by the Kop, a world-class talent befitting of the £50million transfer fee Chelsea paid for him. But, with a quirk of the fixture list allowing the Spaniard's former team-mates to ruin his debut with a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge, Dalglish was able to take a positive view of recent events. Things are looking up at Liverpool, with four wins in a row to go with four clean sheets, not to mention the big-money arrivals of Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll. Neither man was needed to secure the points on Sunday, with Raul Meireles scoring the winner and Steven Gerrard, Dirk Kuyt and Jamie Carragher all excellent. Looking back on the most trying week since he returned to the Liverpool hotseat, Dalglish said: "Last Monday was a busy day but now we are looking forward to the rest of the season. "We've now had four clean sheets and 12 points in a row so for anyone who has a little favour towards Liverpool, it's been good for them. We have had a great week." Sunday's win moved Liverpool up to sixth in the Premier League table and even reawakened the possibility of the Champions League spot that looked lost during the troubled reign of Roy Hodgson. Yet Dalglish, who has yet to speak to the club's owners about extending his temporary brief - something that many feel is becoming a formality - refuses to get carried away. "If you win games, you get points and move up the table. We need to keep our feet on the ground but we've had reward for what we've done," he said. "We have four wins on the spin now and and we have next Saturday versus Wigan to look forward to. "In my footballing life I was always told to look after the next game and that's what we'll do, but certainly sixth place is a lot healthier than 12th when we started. "It's great credit to the players who have done well and have been 100% committed to the football club." The latter comment could be perceived as a slight dig in the direction of Torres, who was substituted after 65 subdued minutes in blue, but the Scot was more eager to talk up his own players than talk down the opposition. Meireles in particular has come to life under Dalglish, scoring four times in his last five matches. "He's in a real rich vein of form, Raul," said Dalglish. "He gets forward to support the attack, where Dirk has a difficult job up on his own, and he was able to get into the box and get on the end of it yesterday. "He covers some ground over a game but he's very good technically. "He's been very good since I've been here and he's had the rewards for his technique and his hard work." Carragher was another to earn the manager's praise, putting in a tireless shift on his comeback from a shoulder injury and smothering Torres' best chance of a goal. "It's like getting another player in," Dalglish added. "He's been a long time out with his shoulder but he could still train and it's great credit to his level of fitness, especially at his age because he's not a teenager anymore. "The sports science people kept him as fit as they could but his heart and determination got him through as well. "It was very important to have him in defence to encourage, talk, and pull and push people into position."


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