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Praise for Ledley

Posted on 16 May 2011  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp led the tributes to Ledley King after the defender's magnificent return in Sunday's 2-0 win at Anfield.

Praise for Ledley

Harry Redknapp led the tributes to Ledley King after the defender's magnificent return in Sunday's 2-0 win at Anfield.

It was Ledley's first appearance since our win at Fulham on October 16 with groin trouble keeping him out of action.

Yet, as always, it seemed like he'd never been away.

Our longest-serving player who coincidently made his debut at Anfield back in 1999, Ledley returned for the injured William Gallas and slotted in seamlessly alongside central defensive partner Michael Dawson, who was again outstanding.

The attacking threat of Andy Carroll, Luis Suarez, Dirk Kuyt and Maxi Rodriguez was left subdued as we took a huge step towards finishing fifth in the Premier League.

"Ledley's an amazing player," said Harry at Anfield. "You wonder where he would be if he was fit all the time.

"We've been lucky. Michael Dawson has been fantastic, William Gallas as well.

"William wasn't fit so I took a chance with Ledley. He wasn't sure if he'd get through it and was a bit nervous about breaking down again, so we took a chance and Ledley came up trumps, as usual.

"To not play for seven months and then turn in a performance like that, it's amazing really."

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Striker Peter Crouch, who goes all the way back to Academy days with Ledley, wasn't surprised at the performance.

"I asked him how he was before the game and he said 'all right'," said Crouchy.

"He's never going to be perfect but he came in and did fantastically well.

"He always seems to do it. It doesn't matter if he's out for two years, a couple of weeks or seven months, he comes in and fits in perfectly.

"When he's fit enough to play he's always magnificent and it's a pleasure to play with him."

Goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini added: "I can't think of the words to describe it. He's an unbelievable player and guy.

"Even though he has his problems he manages to keep himself fit, training hard in the gym and when he comes onto the pitch, he's unbelievable."