Dalglish pleased with Liverpool performance for Cup triumph

Liverpool secured another trip to Wembley after their FA Cup win over Stoke City.

Liverpool secured another trip to Wembley after their FA Cup win over Stoke City.

Reds manager Kenny Dalglish will take his side back to the national stadium less than two months after their last visit when they lifted the Carling Cup.

But they had to work hard to get there and two quality goals from Luis Suarez and Stewart Downing, either side of former Reds striker Peter Crouch's equaliser, did the job.

"It was as difficult as I expected. They started really competitively at a high tempo for first 20 to 30 minutes and we had to match them," said the Scot.

"Pepe Reina was not too busy but they are always a threat from set-pieces and throws.

"I think it was a fantastic performance in many ways for us. It was not the best in terms of how we passed the ball but the way we competed and put our bodies on the line set an example for everyone.

"It shows what it meant to them to get through this tie.

"We scored two really good goals from Luis and Stewart which just got us over the line."

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