Video: Dalglish blames demanding schedule for Liverpool’s woes

Kenny Dalglish believes Liverpool's demanding fixture schedule has contributed to their disappointing league form

Kenny Dalglish believes Liverpool’s hectic fixture schedule and injury woes have contributed to the Reds’ recent slump in the Premier League.

Liverpool suffered a 2-1 defeat by relegation-threatened Wigan Athletic at Anfield on Saturday – their second defeat by a bottom-four side in a week after losing 3-2 to Queens Park Rangers last Wednesday.

The 61-year-old believes the club’s Carling Cup success and their run in the FA Cup have taken its toll on the club’s progression in the league after having collected just eight points from a possible 30.

“It’s because of the demand on them with games, and we’ve not had enough players at our disposal to give them adequate rest,” said Dalglish.

“It’s a problem we face and it’s dictated to the clubs and the players by the television schedule. The fact we’ve done well in two cup competitions has obviously given us lots of extra fixtures.

“We’ll accept our progress in the cups and we’ll have to accept that we’re going to be a little bit tired. If we’re going to be successful we’ve got to be able to handle it.”

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