Furious Dalglish blasts his Liverpool players after Bolton humbling
Furious Kenny Dalglish threatened to get rid of his under-performing Liverpool stars after they suffered a humiliating defeat at Bolton.
The manager was enraged by his team’s under-par performance and ripped into them after the game for their disrespectful attitude. ‘They will not be here for much longer if that is the way they perform,’ said Dalglish.
Taxi for Dalglish: The frustrated manager was left fuming
‘We expect a much higher standard
than that. It is all very well saying they might be distracted by a game
on Wednesday, but every game is a massive game for us.’
Liverpool defend a 1-0 lead against
Manchester City in the second leg of the Carling Cup semi-final at
Anfield on Wednesday, but Dalglish was embarrassed as his team were
rolled over by opponents facing a fight for their Premier League lives.
‘If they think they can turn the clock on and off, they will not be turning it on and off at this club,’ he added.
‘If it is a one-off, fine, but if it
is going to be repeated then there will not be too many repeating their
appearances in a red shirt because we won’t stand for that.
‘Respect is a huge part of being a
successful club and if they do not have that respect for other teams
and, most importantly, this club, they are in a bit of trouble.’
Liverpool never recovered from
conceding a Mark Davies goal after just four minutes and Bolton raced
into a 2-0 lead through Nigel Reo-Coker, before Craig Bellamy pulled a
Humbled: Steven Gerrard and Liverpool put in an abject display
It was only a second home League win
of the season for Owen Coyle’s side, whose third was scored by defender
Gretar Steinsson early in the second half. But Dalgish said his players’
approach was an affront to the Liverpool way.
‘If they thought they could just turn
up and get a result then they got a lesson today,’ he said. ‘The most
disappointing thing for me is that I don’t think we were ready to play
the game. I don’t think the approach was correct, I don’t think the way
we went about our work was correct.’
Group hug: Bolton players celebrate their third goal
To make matters worse, Liverpool
goalscorer Craig Bellamy was caught up in a row with Bolton’s Nigel
Reo-Coker by the tunnel at half-time over a first-half challenge.
The pair first fell out in 2007 and Reo-Coker said afterwards: ‘I have no respect for him so he can do what he wants.’