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Saturday, January 21, 2012
Dalglish threatens axe after loss

ESPNsoccernet staff

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has slammed his players for a lack of desire following the club's 3-1 defeat at Bolton Wanderers on Saturday evening and threatened to axe those who do not put in the required effort.

Kenny Dalglish speaks to ESPN

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A dismal performance saw the Reds go 2-0 behind, before Craig Bellamy gave the Reds hope before half-time. However, it was short-lived as Gretar Steinsson's goal ended the contest and left Dalglish livid.

"As well as they [Bolton] did, I think we were equally as bad, " he told ESPN after the game. "If anybody has any aspirations of staying any length of time at the football club then they'll not be here for much longer if that's the way they want to perform. We expect a much higher level than that.

"It's all well and good saying there might have been distracted because there is a game on Wednesday and another game on Saturday, but every game is a massive game for us. And if they think they can turn the clock on and off, then they won't be turning it on and off at this club."

Dalglish pointed the finger at his players again in the post-match press conference.

"The result is disappointing, but the most disappointing thing for me was that I don't think we were ready to play the game," he continued. "I don't think the approach was correct and I don't think the way we went about our work was correct.

"The foundations of the football club have always been built upon respect for other people and the philosophy that the next game is the most important one - not the one that is two or three (games) down the line.

"If they needed a lesson to be taught to them then today was it. If they think they can just turn up and get a result, not be as competitive and not match the opposition for effort and commitment then they've got a lesson today.

"If they've learned it then fine. Without trying to take anything away from Owen (Coyle) and the way Bolton played, we have to look at ourselves and see what we can do to try and prevent it from happening in the future. That's what we'll do."

Liverpool go into the Carling Cup semi-final against Manchester City on Wednesday at Anfield with a 1-0 lead, but then play host to Manchester United in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday.

Asked whether he felt his players may have had one eye on the cup ties, Dalglish replied: "I never asked them what they were thinking about, but I would assume people would have that idea in their mind. If they did it's not correct. It's not correct in the sense that it is not the right way to go about representing this football club."

The Scot laid the blame at his players once again for the opening to the game and claimed that they were not prepared.

The manager continued: "We lost a goal after four minutes, but we've got to make sure we're in there and ready to go before we start the match, and I don't think we were. That's probably why we lost a goal after four minutes.

"There's nobody been at this football club that's not had respect for other people. If that is what the problem was then, that they thought this game wasn't as important a game as the next one, then fine but they'll not be here. The key now for us is not to repeat what we've done."

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