Kenny Dalglish delighted with Liverpool's 'deserved' first win against Arsenal at the Emirates

Scot feels his side were 'very impressive' in victory over the Gunners and backs his new signings to improve even further as they settle into life on Merseyside
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish was delighted with his side’s performance as they recorded their first ever victory over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium with a 2-0 win.

The Reds dominated possession against an Arsenal side depleted by injuries and suspensions, but they needed a bit of good luck to break the deadlock as Ignasi Miquel’s clearance struck Aaron Ramsey and looped over Wojciech Szczesny in the 70th minute.

The three points were sealed by substitute Luis Suarez in the final minute and Dalglish admitted he was impressed with the way his side performed to record their first win of the new season after being held by Sunderland on the opening day.

“We’re delighted,” he told Sky Sports.

“I thought it was a fantastic game of football, and even if we’d have come in with a draw I still would’ve said the same thing it wouldn’t have altered the quality of football played by both sides.

“We’re delighted to have won, I think we just about deserved it so for us it’s great to get our season off and running with a victory.”

After a busy summer at Anfield, Dalglish was also delighted at how quickly his new signings have settled and he admitted he was looking forward to seeing how they continued to develop.

“We know what the boys are capable of it's just getting them tuned to produce that performance,” he added.

“As we said last week four lads making their debuts, one trained for a week, the other for 10 days and I think you can see the difference when they’ve been here for another week.

“It’s a simple fact that there’s been another week for them and it’s helped them and helped us. They know the size of the football club, they know what they’ve come for.

“They’ve left really good football clubs behind them but it takes a wee bit of a while to settle down but if that’s an indication of how quickly they’ve settled then we’ve all got something to look forward to.”

Arsenal were without five first team regulars and Dalglish admitted not knowing who Arsene Wenger would select slightly hampered his preparations but he was delighted with the way his side coped.

“It’s a very difficult place to come,” he admitted.

“Everybody knows they’ve had one or two bits of trouble before the game.

“We didn’t know who we were going to have to play, but we knew anybody that did play was going to stand up for them and play well.

“[But] we were very impressive today.”

Liverpool now have time to prepare for a League Cup tie away at Exeter City in midweek before they face Bolton in their next Premier League fixture.