Fairclough tells Liverpool stars they are letting King Kenny down
23:26 GMT, 26 March 2012
Liverpool legend David Fairclough has rounded on the current squad and accused them of letting Kenny Dalglish down with their abject performances.
Dalglish blamed tiredness and a lack of good fortune as being the main reason Liverpool suffered a shock 2-1 home defeat to Wigan on Saturday but that did not cut much ice with disgruntled supporters.
It was, after all, the tenth time in 15 games that they had failed to see Liverpool win at Anfield this season, making this their worst home campaign since the last time they were relegated in 1953.
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Since the turn of the year, Liverpool’s form has plummeted alarmingly – they have won only two Barclays Premier League games in 2012 – and they could find themselves in ninth place before they face Newcastle on Sunday.
Fairclough – who scored one of the most famous goals in Liverpool’s history against St Etienne in the 1977 European Cup quarter-final – is in no doubt that Dalglish felt obliged to cover up for his players’ failings and is adamant that his old team-mate will be privately seething.
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'I don't go along with the tiredness excuse,’ said Fairclough, who made 154 appearances for the club between 1974 and 1983. I think the players have to stand up and hold their hands up and say they haven't performed
'I think Kenny's covering a little bit for the players. Kenny is an incredibly passionate competitor and he won't be taking this lightly.’
He added: 'It's not like Kenny to come out publically and slam the players – he did it once earlier in the season after the (3-1) Bolton defeat (in January) and it worked, as he got a reaction (in the Carling Cup semi-final) –but you can't come out week after week blaming the players.
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'I think behind the scenes he'll have a slightly different attitude and he'll be letting the players know that clearly they're not playing as well as they can do. They're letting everybody down at the moment.’