Dalglish defends decision not fine Carroll for Newcastle strop

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has defended the club’s decision not to punish Andy Carroll after the striker reacted to being substituted against Newcastle United with what was described by the Daily Telegraph as a “foul-mouthed tirade” directed at Dalglish.

Carroll was withdrawn after 79 minutes against his former club with Liverpool two goals behind, Dirk Kuyt being introduced in his place, and the England international responded with a show of dissent that Dalglish has since claimed has been dealt with.

The Scot added: “I’ve never fined anyone. He was unhappy we were getting beaten. It was disappointment and frustration with the result. It was nothing personal.

A Papiss Cisse brace had put the Magpies in front with Liverpool unable to conjure a reply, and a bad day for the Reds got worse late on when goalkeeper Pepe Reina was sent off after an altercation with Newcastle defender James Perch. Carroll, a £35m purchase from Newcastle in January 2011, was also booked for diving in the first-half when he tumbled after going past goalkeeper Tim Krul, with the referee adjudging there was no contact between the former teammates.

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