Dalglish expects immediate response from Liverpool

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is looking for his players to erase the bad memory of their poor performance against Bolton on Saturday and beat Manchester City on Tuesday, liverpoolfc.tv reports. The Reds were easily beaten 3-1 by the struggling Wanderers and Dalglish was raging at how bad Liverpool played.

The Scotsman blasted his under-performing stars and said that if the level of performance they showed against Bolton continued, some of them would be sold. Dalglish is hoping the attitude of the Reds players will improve and they can beat City on Tuesday in the Carling Cup semi-final second leg at Anfield. Liverpool also face Manchester United in the FA Cup fourth round tie on Saturday and Dalglish wants to progress further into both competitions.

Dalglish said: ‘I was annoyed and disappointed, more so about the attitude, the commitment and the approach to the game – that wasn’t us. All season we’ve been very complimentary about the way the boys have gone about their work but I don’t think you could say that on Saturday. Their approach to the game was poor. Whether they had their minds on the next two games, I don’t know. But every game we play is a very important game.’

Liverpool face the chance of reaching their first final at the new Wembley if they can overcome City on Tuesday. The Reds won 1-0 in the first leg thanks to a Steven Gerrard penalty and have the advantage going into the second leg, but City will be a dangerous opponent. Dalglish admitted that if the Reds perform to the same standards as they did on Saturday, they will be drubbed by the Premier League leaders, but the Liverpool boss is hopeful his side will be better.

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