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Reds boss praises midfielder for his performance against the Cottagers, whilst team-mate Dirk Kuyt says "it was an unbelievable night" for the Argentina international

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has hailed Maxi Rodriguez after the midfielder scored a hat-trick against Fulham.

The Argentine's goals on Monday night mean he has now scored seven in his last three games, taking his tally for the season to 10.

And his boss was delighted with his display in the 5-2 win at Craven Cottage, and says to score so many goals against Mark Hughes' men was beyond the Reds' wildest dreams.

He was quoted as saying by The Sun: "Maxi's very clever, intelligent.

"He's in and around every movement. There's a lot of balls falling to him in the box and he's been putting them away.

"It's a fantastic result for us and a fantastic performance.

"Fulham have a great record here so to score five goals is beyond our wildest dreams."

Dirk Kuyt added to the club's official website: "It was an unbelievable night again for Maxi.

"Before the Birmingham game, he hadn't played for a while so to come in and score two hat-tricks in successive weeks is fantastic.

"He is in really good form for us in front of goal.

"Whenever Maxi wasn't playing, he was training well and still working hard and he was waiting for the moment when the manager needed him.

"The way he has responded to the manager's faith in him has been superb. Maxi is a great player and we are all delighted for him.

"The goal that sealed his hat-trick was just a great strike. I saw it again after the game and it looked even better."

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