Dalglish: No Disciplinary Concerns for Liverpool Following Nine-Man Defeat
Following a match that saw two ejections to Liverpool players and a heart-wrenching defeat because of the lack of men on the pitch, Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish insists that there is no disciplinary issue within his squad.
"I don't see why there's a disciplinary problem," he said in a post-match press conference, responding to reporters' questions about the ejections of Martin Skrtel and Charlie Adam on Sunday.
Liverpool was issued six yellow cards during the match at White Hart Lane, four of which were accumulated between Adam and Skrtel, resulting in both of their ejections to give Tottenham a two-man advantage.
One reporter pressed Dalglish on the issue of discipline, citing the players' continued use of reckless challenges despite having already been cautioned. It might be an issue, the reporter suggested, "Particularly if you're down to 10 men," referring to the second ejection of Martin Skrtel when Liverpool was already in hot water.
"You can talk about anyone being undisciplined," Dalglish said in the press-conference. "But we have a very good record for discipline."
Dalglish remained adamant that the respect his players showed toward the referee should be evidence enough that a lack of discipline is not a concern for Liverpool.
"One thing that you never saw was a mass of Liverpool players running at a referee to dispute a decision.
"That doesn't necessarily mean that they've made a good decision," he clarified. "It just means that they've got respect."
Liverpool ultimately lost the match on Sunday by a margin of four goals, after being outshot by the home squad 26-3. The loss was their second in a row, after falling to Stoke City 1-0 last week.
The Reds finish their long road trip with a Carling Cup match at Brighton on Wednesday, before returning to Anfield on Saturday to face Wolverhampton.
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