Charlie is my darling, says Kenny

Liverpool's Charlie Adam
Liverpool's Charlie Adam
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LIVERPOOL manager Kenny Dalglish has spoken about his big regret over the signing of Charlie Adam from Blackpool.

The Scotland legend is only sorry that he didn’t capture him sooner.

Dalglish was effusive in his praise of the former Blackpool skipper on the back of his recent performance in the 2-1 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Midfielder Adam had probably his best match for the club since joining in the summer.

But Dalglish said the performance of the “discount” £6.75million signing from Blackpool was no surprise to him.

He said: “It only endorses what we thought when he came in first.

“Charlie certainly played well, but there is nothing he has been doing which has been a surprise to us here.

“He covered a fair bit of ground to get to John Obi Mikel (in the match against Chelsea), and won the ball back for us, but he won the ball back on many occasions during the game, but that one was highlighted more because it got us the goal.

“His pass for the second goal (by Glen Johnson) was sublime as well.

“He was someone we wanted in January and we never got, but we were patient and we got a discount on him this summer.

“I don’t think he has been a bad bit of business, but I don’t think he will sit on his laurels either – he wants to push on, onwards and upwards, and so do we.”

Dalglish has ruled captain Steven Gerrard, who has not played since October 22 because of an ankle infection, out of tomorrow’s visit of Premier League leaders Manchester City.

“Like we’ve already said, we are delighted with the progress Steven’s making and we’ve said that we won’t put a date on his return – and we won’t put a date on it now,” he said.

“Everyone is available (for Sunday) apart from Steven and Jack Robinson.”