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Posted on 20 January 2006  - 12:00

Ledley King believes himself and Michael Dawson compliment each other as a defensive partnership.

Ledley King believes himself and Michael Dawson compliment each other as a defensive partnership.

The pairing was highlighted positively in Saturday night's Match of the Day programme by former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson and the skipper feels as well as complimenting, himself and Michael also compensate for any shortcomings either of them might have.

"I wasn't aware of being mentioned on TV but obviously Daws has been brilliant and we compliment each other quite well," reasoned Ledley. "The things I probably don't do so well he is good at - and probably vice versa.

"I think it is a good mixture and we will continue to work hard with the rest of the team and defence to stop goals going in."

Just the one went in at Liverpool but it was the all-important one netted by Harry Kewell. Looking back on the Anfield encounter, Ledley feels the team should have taken the game more to the home side with their passing, while reporting that his groin injury shouldn't prove to be a concern ahead of this weekend's meeting with Aston Villa at the Lane.

"Having watched the video of the game again, there were things we did well. It is never ideal to lose a game, but we have to take positives out of it.

I thought, at times, we had to be braver on the ball - pass it around a bit more and open Liverpool up in that way

"The groin was a little bit sore in the last part of the game, but I got through it. Hopefully with more treatment throughout the week I will be ready for Saturday," he continued before adding that home comforts will be most welcome this time around.

"It will be better for us as our home form has been good. We look like winning games at home and seem to have that knack. If we can get the three points at home to Villa then everyone will be happy again and we can move on from there.

"Villa are a good side. They have struggled a bit this season but they had a good Christmas spell and dug themselves out a little bit.

"It is always a tough game and they are generally quite close. Last season we managed to give them one of the thumpings, to do the same would be good, but it will be hard and we are just looking to get the points."