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No place to hide

ANFIELD legend Ronnie Whelan believes Kenny Dalglish and his Liverpool squad cannot hide behind their Cup success if their atrocious Premier League form continues.

Just weeks after lifting the Carling Cup and with an FA Cup final on the horizon, Liverpool's abysmal record at home this season continued with a 2-1 defeat to lowly Wigan on Saturday, 72 hours after coughing up a two-goal lead to QPR at Loftus Road.

"Carling Cup success was a fantastic boost for everyone at the club and can only be viewed as a real step forward," Whelan says.

"But it cannot be regarded as anything other than a nice pick-me-up and the players who picked up their medals cannot hide behind their first Wembley win if performance levels continue to slide in the League. Nor indeed can Dalglish."

Whelan also questioned the quality of the players Dalglish has spent £100 million on since taking over 15 months ago.

"The men he signed have not done the job," Whelan added.

"One has, Luis Suarez, but the jury is still very firmly out on Jordan Henderson, Andy Carroll, Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing."