Raise your game! Liverpool boss Dalglish issues cup warning
Kenny Dalglish has warned his
Liverpool players they can't afford a repeat of their disappointing
display at Bolton if they want to reach Wembley.
The Reds take a 1-0 lead into Wednesday's Carling Cup semi-final second leg against Manchester City at Anfield.
Not impressed: Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish
Dalglish says the Reds will have to raise their game following Saturday's 3-1 league defeat at the Reebok.
'We have a slight advantage, we just need to go into the game and compete,' he said.
'It’s not going to be a game that’s going to be anything other than really difficult for us. They got a fantastic result on Sunday against Tottenham which keeps them at the top of the league, so I’m sure they’ll be well up for it.
'For us it’s important to do our own job, and if we do that then a wee bit of luck as well wouldn’t go amiss.
'Hopefully it will be a fantastic occasion for everyone. The punters will be turning up, there’ll be loads of support for us but we need to do something that’s going to get the supporters on our side. We can’t always leave it for them to lift us, sometimes we need to lift them.
Setback: Liverpool lost 3-1 at Bolton on Saturday
'We can’t take it for granted that the fans are going to be there. We should never assume we’re going to get the fantastic support that we do – we’ve got to earn that. They’ve got to see that we’re up to put in a tremendous effort on Wednesday night to get a result for the club.'
Dalglish questioned the attitude of some players after the defeat at Bolton.
'I think what was said had to be said. At the end of the day I don’t think anyone can object to the fact that we never played anything like we’re capable of playing,' he said.
'In the past we’ve rightly praised them when they’ve deserved it, we’ve given them plaudits when we’ve done well and we’ve congratulated them for the way they’ve gone about their work. When you’ve been critical it doesn’t mean to say you’re getting any pleasure from it because at the end of the day we’re all in it together. It’s not the coaching staff and the players, it’s everybody.
'It’s a difficult thing to do but I think it was an honest thing to do as well. I don’t think anybody can hide behind a performance like we had on Saturday and I don’t think anyone would try to do that. We’ve praised them when they’ve been good and we have to be honest in our appraisal when we’ve been bad as well.'