Dalglish replaced Roy Hodgson as manager at Liverpool earlier this month and has the job until the end of the season when the Anfield boardroom will decide if he should be re-instated permanently. He may well have only won one of his first four games back in charge but Liverpool look far more confident and attacking with him at the helm and he is the fans overwhelming favourite to stay in charge.
He has bought the best out of Fernando Torres once more – underlined by his brace against Wolves on Saturday – and he is hoping that will continue against Mark Hughes’s side.
“Certainly since I have come in here he has been nothing short of fantastic for us in the way he has applied himself in training and on the pitch,” Dalglish said of Torres.
“Apart from his goals, he’s worked tirelessly upfront to try and help us. I can only – and will only – assess what he’s done since we’ve come in, and we’ve
been absolutely delighted with him and the other players as well.”
“I hope his best is yet to come.
“Fernando comes into the same bracket as many others – that they’re doing better now than they were before and more like their old selves than they were before, which is a great credit to them.”
After tasting his first victory as manager at the weekend, Dalglish has also praised the collective spirit at Anfield and is hopeful that it can only improve the longer he is in charge. When things aren’t going as well as they could do for a football club and for individuals, it’s very difficult to turn it around – but they’ve turned it around and it’s great credit to them,” he added.
“Together, we will move forward – as individuals we won’t get anywhere, so we’ll stick together as a unit and will concentrate on our football club and see what benefit that brings us.”
Fulham’s weekend victory over Stoke was their fourth in six games and they now sit four clear of the relegation zone.
The current run suggests that Hughes’s side have moved on from their difficult start to the campaign and striker Andrew Johnson – now fully fit after an extended injury lay-off is convinced a corner has been turned.
“In the last two or three weeks it’s been coming together and we’re looking good,” he said.
“It was always going to be a hard, physical game against Stoke but you’ve got to roll your sleeves up and I think our football shone through on Saturday.
“Three points in the Premier League is satisfying no matter who it is against. It’s such a tight League and we’re delighted to have taken seven points from three games.”
Johnson recently scored his first goal of the season and is now confident his difficult period is now behind him.
“That was probably one of my better performances on Saturday and I’m pretty much fully fit now,” he added.
“I’ve had a few niggles here and there as I’ve been coming back but I think I’m injury free now and clear to get a good run of games.
“My touch is getting better and my runs are getting better and I’m feeling sharper game by game. I’ve just got to continue doing that.
“I think going onto the pitch worrying about my knee or anything went four or five weeks ago when I first came back. I don’t think about my knee at all when I’m out on the pitch.”
And looking forward to the trip to Anfield, he said: “We’ll be looking to build on what we achieved on Saturday against Stoke – it’s time to kick on now.”
Liverpool will be without Jamie Carragher (shoulder) while Fulham will be missing Dickson Etuhu (hamstring), Bobby Zamora (broken leg), and Philippe Senderos (shin).-Supersport