Having come through a tough test against Manchester City on Sunday, 48 hours later, Liverpool have to take on Chelsea at Stanford Bridge in the Carling Cup: a game Kenny Dalglish still feels should have been moved to Wednesday in order to give Liverpool more rest following the City game.
Dalglish is clearly not happy as the Carling Cup is important to us and we need to win it by all means possible which means we have to field a full strength team and after the Sunday game, we may not be fully fit come tomorrow (Tuesday) and with Chelsea having only played on Saturday, they have an extra day to recover.
Dalglish told Liverpoolfc.tv: “48 hours is a bit irresponsible for the people who’ve organised the dates of the matches. It’s not just us, it’s Man City.
“To ask any team or any players to play two games of high intensity in 48 hours is a bit of a joke.
“I don’t know why the PFA don’t come in and say something about it – it’s their players. For me it’s difficult to understand why they don’t come out and say something. Or do they agree with it?
“We know we’ve got to accept it although we don’t agree with it, and it won’t affect the application or give us an excuse in any way, shape or form.
“We’ve not trained yet but there’ll be one or two bumps and bruises I would have thought, and maybe one or two missing, but we have a strong squad and we’ve made changes in other Carling Cup matches. It will be a late shout because we have to give everyone the best possible opportunity to recover.
“We’ve sold out our tickets for the match, we know what’s expected, the players know what’s expected of them, so all we can do is try our best and see what happens.”