Dalglish unhappy with Christmas playing schedule

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has agreed with Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini that the Christmas schedule is unfair on some sides, BBC Sport reports,

The Reds were fortuitous as they last played on Friday night with a 3-1 win over Newcastle at Anfield. City were in action on Sunday and lost 1-0 against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. Liverpool go into the game fifth in the table and have taken four points from their festive fixtures so far, whereas City have just the one. Mancini had claimed that the fixture scheduling was harsh on City and Dalglish has reiterated the views of the Italian.

Dalglish said: ‘There has to be a bit of common sense and a game on the first and third (of January) is a bit unreasonable really. There has to be a reasonable amount of time for players to recover. But I think television has been massively helpful to many people in the Premier League, so we cannot cut off the hand that feeds us’.

The Liverpool boss does not expect the task to be easy against City, but will not be afraid of victory and look to close the gap on the Champions League spots. Dalglish said: ‘We will go and play whichever 11 they put on the pitch and it doesn’t matter how much they cost. They are certainly a really difficult side to play against and we have our work cut out’.

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