Kenny still fuming at cup date

The Scot was outraged when he discovered his side would have to

play Chelsea at Stamford Bridge two days after Sunday’s league

match at home to Manchester City. Liverpool held discussions with

the Premier League, Football League and Sky television in an

attempt to get one of the games moved but it was to no avail. The

Premier League were reluctant to bring the league match forward

because of concerns it would cause major inconvenience to fans at

short notice. Also the Metropolitan Police could not sanction a

move to Wednesday because of a Trades Union Congress rally taking

place in central London that day and Tottenham’s Europa League game

at home to PAOK Salonika. Dalglish is likely to make a number of

changes for their second trip to Chelsea in just over a week –

having won 2-1 the weekend before last – but that has not stopped

him speaking out again about the timing. “Forty-eight 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,” he told liverpoolfc.tv.

“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

(Professional Footballers’ Association) 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. “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.” Chelsea

played on Saturday so they have had an extra day to recover.

Dalglish believes Andre Villas-Boas will keep disruptions to his

side down to a minimum. “I don’t expect Chelsea to have to make

changes,” he added. “He (Villas-Boas) has said he’ll use the

competition to try to develop three young players he has that he

likes, so I suppose those three will play.”