KD blasts Bellamy treatment

The Welshman has a feisty reputation and his manager fears that may

be working against the forward after four bookings in as many

matches. Dalglish has been disappointed by the yellow cards Bellamy

has received in the recent games against Fulham and Wigan, and the

Scot hopes a pattern is not developing. Bellamy is expected to play

some part against former club Blackburn on Boxing Day and Dalglish

has called for some consistency from match officials. The Liverpool

manager said: “It’s all well and good having rules, but rules

should be the same for everyone, not split up for different people.

“Would you ever ask Bellamy to tone down his feistiness? No. He is

experienced enough. But he has been booked four times [in his last

four games] and hasn’t deserved any of them. “Does that force you

to alter how you might select him in the future? You would hate to

believe there is an agenda against him. If Craig needs to play, he

will play. We have just got to take that chance. “[Wigan defender]

Antolin Alcaraz gave five free-kicks away last Wednesday and there

was no yellow card. If [Alcaraz] is going to get five chances, does

that mean everyone else is? We just need a wee bit of clarity.”

Bellamy was booked after a coming together with Clint Dempsey in

Liverpool’s defeat at Fulham, where Jay Spearing was also sent off,

and Dalglish was confused by the decision. “Clint Dempsey put his

head in Craig’s face,” said the Scot. “When we asked the referee

why the wee man was booked he said, ‘Craig knows’, but he didn’t

know. “There was another against Queens Park Rangers when Joey

Barton approached him. I don’t know why he has been booked but I

haven’t seen anything in any of them.”