Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish questioned his side’s attitude, though he was also critical of his own decision making as Liverpool lost to Fulham at Anfield on Tuesday night.
The man who won three European Cups with the Merseysiders as a player left out nine first team regulars – including Luis Suarez, Stephen Gerrard and Craig Bellamy – ahead of Satruday’s Cup final clash with Chelsea.
Dalglish saw his side lose to a Martin Skirtel own goal after five minutes of what was at best a tepid performance:
“Their attitude was not right and if you get a bad attitude you are going to get a bad performance and that is what we got,” he said. “I think that is an accurate appraisal. I am culpable as well as I changed a lot of players to try to give everyone an opportunity to get in the frame for Saturday.”
Before the Fulham match, Dlaglish challenged his players to play for Cup final places but admitted he wasn’t happy with their performance:
“We cannot play at that tempo, we have to play at a quicker tempo than that. We deserved nothing.”
Fulham manager Martin Jol missed the Anfield clash with a chest infection and was expected to be in better spirits than after the 4-0 weekend hiding to Everton. The Dutchman is expected to be back on the sideline by the weekend.