Kenny Dalglish fury over Liverpool fixture pile-up
Liverpool boss hits out at football authorities over the scheduling of their Carling Cup quarter-final at Chelsea
Kenny Dalglish has launched an astonishing attack on the football authorities for not rearranging Liverpool’s fixtures to stop his side playing two key games within 48 hours of each other.
Liverpool will travel to London to play Chelsea in their Carling Cup quarter-final on 29 November only two days after The Reds have hosted Manchester City in the Premier League at Anfield.
“It is disgraceful in this day and age that players are being asked to play a key Premier League game and then a League Cup quarter-final in London just 48 hours later,” Dalglish told Liverpool’s website.
“It’s understandable with the Spurs v PAOK Salonika match and the TUC rally that the Met Police have said that our game cannot be played on the Wednesday.
“But it’s surely the duty of the football authorities to think of other solutions which consider the welfare of the players and this clearly hasn’t happened.
“Manchester City are in a similar position to us with their game at Arsenal and it’s for them to argue their case, but it is my job to stand up for the interests of Liverpool Football Club.
“Here you have two clubs who have treated this competition with utmost respect over the years and they are being treated like this. I’d be interested to know what the sponsors think of the situation and what it does for the reputation of the competition.”
And Dalgish warned Liverpool supporters that he may have no choice but to field a team of younger players should the tie not be rearranged.
He added: “The one thing I will say to our fans is to think carefully before buying tickets for the League Cup game because we do not want them spending their money and then we decide there is no other option but to use only young players in the tie.”