Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish said he was delighted to see his side dig deep in order to secure a battling League Cup win over Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.
The Reds came from behind to win 2-1 and book their place in the last eight after a tremendous double from Luis Suarez meant Kenwyne Jones’ opener was not enough for the hosts.
The Uruguayan’s first goal was a stunning finish from the edge of the area after he had put the ball through Ryan Shotton's legs, and he sealed the deal with a well-taken header five minutes from time.
Dalglish was impressed with the goals but equally happy with the desire shown by all areas of his side to secure a positive result at an infamously tough venue.
"Every win is important but I think the most important thing was that we hung on in there,” he said in his post-match press conference.
"In the first half I think we missed six chances you normally expect us to put away - at least one or two of them anyway – but then they got one in front.
"In the second half the boys dug deep and defended really well for us. The wee man [Suarez] scored a fantastic goal and then a good header as well.
"It was important that we finished off some of the football we have been playing, especially in the last two games we had not done that well enough.
"You are not going to come here and go away unscathed - they normally get a goal from somewhere – that is why they have been successful.
"We are disappointed to lose any goal but the way they came back from it is more important to us.”
Liverpool’s players also clearly enjoyed the hard-earned progress to the next round as a number of them took to Twitter following the full-time whistle.
Charlie Adam and Lucas Leiva were both full of praise for Suarez’s efforts, the Scotsman posting: “Great win tonight and another special goal from Luis Suarez to put us into the next round.”
Lucas wrote: “Great team performance tonight and well done to Luis Suarez for the goals.”
Suarez himself said he was very happy with the win and that he had enjoyed a "great night" at the Britannia.
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