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Dalglish concedes Liverpool 'were lucky' to beat Fulham

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Dalglish sees signs of progress

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish and his Fulham counterpart Mark Hughes both agreed the Londoners were unlucky to suffer a 1-0 defeat at Anfield.

"We were fortunate to win the game, but we'll take it - we're delighted with the three points," conceded Dalglish.

Cottagers boss Hughes said: "We're scratching our heads as to how we got nothing out of the game."

John Pantsil's own goal gave the Reds their second win in a week but Fulham made several good openings.

Admitting Liverpool rode their luck at times during the match, Dalglish had some sympathy for his opponents.

"Fulham will think they're unlucky to come away with no points," said the Scot. "It was a fortunate goal, but before that we had four or five decent chances."

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Liverpool should have been in front after six minutes when Fernando Torres slotted the ball past Fulham goalkeeper David Stockdale only to be incorrectly flagged offside by assistant referee Mick McDonough.

Dalglish, however, was philosophical about the error, saying: "We had some bad luck because Fernando's goal was onside but we never got it so we kept going.

"Referees make bad decisions, we make bad decisions and players make bad decisions. It is just the way of life."

The win was Dalglish's first at Anfield since returning to Liverpool and it lifts his side into seventh place in the Premier League, only five points behind sixth-placed Sunderland.

"The win highlights the attitude and determination of the players," said Dalglish. "The way they've gone about their work is exemplary. I can't fault their work rate.

"We've made progress. Seventh is better than a couple of weeks ago, but it won't be easy."

Hughes bemused by Liverpool luck

Liverpool's winner spun off the foot of Fulham's Pantsil as he attempted to clear a loose ball and the defeat leaves Fulham only four points above the relegation zone.

But Hughes feels his side have just been unfortunate.

"We're playing well at the moment, we're an accomplished side," he said. "Every mistake is being punished and we're not getting the run of the ball, but there's no dent to our confidence."

Dalglish, meanwhile, was careful not to discuss potential transfers, with only four days remaining until the January transfer window closes.

Liverpool have been told by Ajax that they have until Saturday to finalise a deal for Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez, having already had a £12.8m bid rejected. The Amsterdam club are holding out for £21m.

Blackpool's Charlie Adam also remains a transfer target for the Reds.



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