Thursday 19 October 2017

Dalglish hails Maxi as Liverpool close in on record away run

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Chris Bascombe

Liverpool may have toiled for points at Anfield this season, but on the road the club now have records in their sights.

Victory at Fulham tonight would equal the club's best sequence of away victories -- seven -- and underline their status as credible contenders for the top four.

Results have been hard earned. West Brom, Stoke and Everton all saw their traditionally forbidding home grounds conquered, while Chelsea have been stormed twice, in the Premier League and Carling Cup.

Even Brighton, the least noteworthy scalp, were unbeaten at their new Amex Stadium home until Liverpool's visit in September.

Manager Kenny Dalglish puts the anomaly between home and away results down to good fortune. "The players have gone about their work the same way away as they have at home, but we haven't got the result our performances have deserved at Anfield," said Dalglish.

"We are still a work in progress, but away from home, maybe we've had at times that little bit of luck."

But there is surely more to it than that. Under Dalglish, Liverpool are more positive in their approach on their travels, surprising opponents with their sense of ambition.

"We're now a lot more on the front foot and less tactical," was how Jamie Carragher recently described the change.

It was never more apparent than when Liverpool won 5-2 on the banks of the Thames last May, Dalglish still urging his full-backs to rampage forward when his side held a two-goal cushion.

Maxi Rodriguez, who struck a hat-trick that day, has regained favour in the past month. The Argentinian scored in both wins against Chelsea and Dalglish has been fulsome in his praise for the midfielder's attitude.

"I'm tempted to play Maxi in every game," said Dalglish.

"He might be getting a bit towards my age now, but he still knows how to finish." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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