Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has called upon his team to put their Premier League defeat at Bolton behind them and raise their game, ahead of their Carling Cup semi-final second leg meeting with Manchester City on Wednesday.
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Dalglish's side carry a 1-0 advantage into the return tie at Anfield after a narrow victory was gained on City's territory two weeks' earlier, but Liverpool fell at Bolton over the weekend following which Dalglish was particularly critical of his players.
The Scot is adamant he did the right thing in berating such a performance, and has highlighted the importance of being in top form against a City side who lead the Premier League table.
"It's a difficult thing to do but I think it was an honest thing to do as well," said Dalglish of his comments in which he said the Bolton display had been the worst since his return to Liverpool. "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."
Focusing on the Carling Cup tie, he continued: "We have a slight advantage against City, we just need to go into the game and compete. It's not going to be a game that's going to be anything other than really difficult for us.
"The punters will be turning up, 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."