Kenny Dalglish claims January signing Luis Suarez is playing 'beyond the wildest dreams' of anyone at the club.

Maxi Rodriguez may steal the headlines after a hat-trick in the 5-2 victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage but the performance of our No.7 will have had Kopites purring.

The Uruguay international scored one and assisted another during an all-action 90 minutes.

Afterwards Dalglish told reporters:  "He was fantastic. He was running as hard at the end as he was at the beginning. He was causing them all sorts of problems.

"He's really settled in and that's a credit to him and his family. They've settled into the area, settled into the football and I don't think in our wildest dreams we thought he'd settle in so quickly and take to English football like he has done.

"He's graced the pitch every time he's played on it."

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The result is Liverpool's best ever in this part of London and it followed undoubtedly the finest away performance from the Reds this season.

"It was a fantastic result for us, a fantastic performance and a win we thoroughly deserved," said Dalglish.

"Mark Hughes has done a great job here with Fulham. They've got a great record here this year and when you come to Craven Cottage you know it's going to be a really difficult game.

"To score five goals was beyond our wildest expectations but we got the five goals because we played some fantastic football, we passed to each other and we worked hard when we never had the ball."

In collecting three points Liverpool leapfrogged Tottenham into fifth. The two sides meet on Sunday.

On whether fourth-placed Manchester City, who need just three points from their last three games, are catchable, Dalglish said: "We'll wait and see. I know it's boring and repetitive but it hasn't served us badly over the years: the next game's the most important one.

"Where it's going to take us, we don't know - because we don't know how many points we're going to get. Who would have predicted coming here and winning 5-2? I certainly wouldn't.

"We've got a really difficult game on Sunday against Spurs and they've had a fantastic season.

"No one would ever have anticipated the run the boys have been on since January, would they? It's been unbelievable, and even if we don't get fifth then we've been absolutely fantastic. For us the position isn't as important as the response from the players."

Monday night's game was Jamie Carragher's 666th for Liverpool, putting him outright second in the club's appearance table.

Dalglish said: "He's an iconic Liverpool player and it's a fitting tribute that he's the second highest ever Liverpool player with regards appearances.

"He's got a few more left in him yet I would have thought but he's a fantastic credit to the football club. He's been here since he was 12, though he wasn't playing in the first team then. He had to wait until he was 17. Since then he's been a fantastic servant to the football club."

Carragher's time at Liverpool has coincided with a period of dominance for Manchester United, who as good as wrapped up a record 19th league title with victory over Chelsea on Sunday.

Asked how he felt at seeing their celebrations, Dalglish responded: "Anyone who wins the title is normally the best team in the league. I don't think Manchester United are any different to that because they've got the most points.

"Although they might be our rivals and competitors it doesn't mean you disrespect them and we'd always have respect for what they've achieved and it's the same with anyone who wins the title. If they do win it then we'll offer our congratulations.

"They have set the standards we've got to get to and we'll try to get there."

Meanwhile, Dalglish does not believe the injury which kept Andy Carroll out of the matchday squad that travelled to London is serious.

"Carroll's just got bruising, so he should be alright," said the boss.

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