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Dalglish not getting carried away
Kenny Dalglish insists Liverpool remain "a work in progress" after booking an FA Cup final appearance by beating Merseyside rivals Everton 2-1 at Wembley.
The Reds were forced to come from behind after Nikica Jelavic had capitalised on a Jamie Carragher mistake to give the Toffeemen a half-time advantage. But an equally disastrous blunder from Sylvain Distin gifted Luis Suarez an equaliser before Andy Carroll silenced the doubters by heading home the winner three minutes from time.
It means Liverpool will have the chance to add an FA Cup to the Carling Cup they won in February but Dalglish is refusing to get carried away, and said: "It is called a work in progress. We have said that many times before and there is no need for us to change. After the Carling Cup I said we are not the finished article and we are saying the same thing now."
He added: "Winning gives you a good feeling. If you can't enjoy winning, you might as well put the lid on the box because it is time up.
"Whether it helps or hinders lies with the individual. You can get a taste of it, think it is great for us to go forward and try and win something else because you enjoyed that so much or you can go complacent and say that is great we have won a trophy, that is all I wanted to do. The most important thing is that the players want to be more successful than they have been."
Opposite number David Moyes could only offer words of sympathy for Distin, who apologised to Everton's supporters after the game.
However, there was no hiding the fact Moyes felt the badly-hit back-pass was the game's turning point.
"Sylvain is really down," said Moyes. "He has been here a couple of times before and has won the FA Cup before with Portsmouth. He knows exactly what it means and how important it is. He has been great for us so far. But I said there would be little between the teams. I thought there would be defining moments and they were there for all to see."
It maintained an unhappy sequence of big-game defeats for Everton against their fierce city rivals, which did not make Moyes feel any better about his plight.
"It is not just me who as a manager has had to sit here and do this at Everton," he said. "There was always a chance that would happen. You are playing against a big football club aren't you? But I thought the way we had been playing it was our chance."