Dalglish hails Bellamy impact in Liverpool's FA Cup semi-final victory over Everton

The Welshman's crossing ability was crucial as Andy Carroll latched onto his free kick to score the winning goal against Everton, booking their place in the Wembley final

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has hailed Craig Bellamy part in the club’s 2-1 FA Cup semi-final victory over Everton, specifically his ability to deliver crosses, adding that it has hugely benefitted the club during the entire season.

Bellamy's free kick from the flank was met by the head of Andy Carroll to secure the comeback win against their Merseyside rivals, but Dalglish has pointed out that this is not an isolated case.

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The Scot believes the hard work Bellamy has put in to this part of his game during training has helped Liverpool throughout the season.

"Craig's delivery for Andy's strike was perfect," Dalglish told LFC Magazine.

"It always is when the ball finishes in the back of the net. His delivery is normally great; that is because he practises it so much in training.

"It shows that what you do on the training ground pays off. It's not the first time Craig has delivered a ball like that. He's delivered lots of good set-pieces this season. He did it at Chelsea in the Carling Cup when Martin Kelly scored."

The Scottish manager also hailed the quality of his reserve goalkeepers, Doni and Brad Jones, after red cards to Pepe Reina and the Brazilian left Dalglish with limited options for last weekend’s match.

Daglish commended Jones, adding: "Seeing Brad do well was particularly pleasing," he explained.

"I know he came on at Blackburn, but it's been a while since he started a first team game. Both him and Doni are a credit to themselves.

"They've both looked sharp and confident. How they've performed has been a good reflection of the work John Achterberg has done with them.

"It's unusual for two keepers to be required in such a short period of time. People sometimes ask, 'why do you need three goalkeepers?' It's in case of situations like this. If we hadn't had [Jones and Doni] we might have had to put in one of the youngsters from the Academy.

"A situation like that could ruin a young boy's career. We were fortunate that we didn't have to consider it."