Kenny Dalglish expressed his disappointment with Liverpool’s performance in losing their Europa League last-16 first-leg tie to Braga.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Dalglish ruminated scathingly on Liverpool’s performance and said that one of the few positives that could be taken from the night was that only a one goal deficit is being taken to Anfield.
“Considering the way we played in the first half we are fortunate to come away with a 1-0 because when you play as badly as that you are grateful you only lose 1-0,” he said. A second-leg improvement is clearly needed. “There is no-one in there who is pleased with the performance or result,” the Scot admitted.
Kadlec dismisses Liverpool link.
Liverpool scouts are reported to have been watching Michal Kadlec as the Merseysiders attempt to solve their long-standing left-back problem.
The Bayer Leverkusen defender has consistently impressed this season, emerging as one of the Bundesliga’s star performers as his employers attempt to catch runaway leaders Borussia Dortmund at the top of the table.
“It (Liverpool’s interest) was in some English paper, but I know nothing specific about it,” the Czech Republic international told isport.blesk.cz. Although he knows not of Liverpool’s interest, Kadlec kept the door open for a potential move to the Reds should their interest be made concrete. “To be connected with such a big club flatters me,” he admitted. “Who would not be tempted to play in the Premier League?”
Gerrard seeks specialist.
Steven Gerrard was conspicuous by his absence as his Liverpool teammates stumbled to defeat in Braga without him.
The England international was incapacitated by a long-term groin problem. He hopes to see a specialist who will assess the problem on Thursday, with a more accurate prognosis of the problem expected by Friday, the Daily Telegraph reports.
Gerrard has appeared just once since Liverpool’s 1-0 victory away to Chelsea on February 6 – the 3-1 defeat of Manchester United – and the captain has admitted defeat in his attempt to play on despite carrying the injury.
“It is a minimal problem but if it needs to be fixed, and if it takes some time to be fixed, we will get it fixed,” Kenny Dalglish commented.