Friday 24 November 2017

Dalglish fury at fixture pile-up

Gordan Tynan

Kenny Dalglish has attacked the "disgraceful" fixture scheduling which will see Liverpool play two matches in 48 hours -- Manchester City in a 4.0 kick-off on Sunday, 27 November, before travelling to London for their Carling Cup quarter-final with Chelsea just two days later.

Attempts to have one of the matches rescheduled have failed and Dalglish has taken the unusual step of warning fans they should consider whether or not to buy tickets for the cup tie as he may field a youth team at Stamford Bridge.

"It is disgraceful in this day and age that players are being asked to play a key Premier League game and then a League Cup quarter-final in London just 48 hours later," he said. "It's understandable with the Spurs v PAOK Salonika (Europa League) match and the TUC (Trades Union Congress) rally that the Met Police have said that our game cannot be played on the Wednesday. But it's surely the duty of the football authorities to think of other solutions which consider the welfare of the players.

"When we ask the Football League to move our game to a later date, we're told it's impossible. Where's the logic in that? If they want to devalue their own competition, that's up to them, but they shouldn't then be upset if people use these games to help in the development of young players.

"The one thing I will say to our fans is to think carefully before buying tickets for the League Cup game. We do not want them spending their money and then we decide there is no other option but to use only young players." (© Independent News Service)

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