Does Kenny Dalglish have a point?
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish says he will talk to the club’s owners about refereeing decisions that have affected the club in matches this season.
The Anfield boss feels that officialdom has cost the Reds in each of their Premier League matches this season, costing them crucial points, with two penalty claims denied against Stoke City.
“We can only do what we can do ourselves,” explained Dalglish.
“Something other things are taken outside your jurisdiction, and if we continue to play like that with the same attitude and commitment then we’ll be okay this season.
“But if we continually get battered by things that are outside of our control, then we’re not going to have much chance.
“The first four league games have all had a contentious decision, and every one of them has gone against us.
“I think we have been respectful to the referees. But more important than being respectful to the referees in their campaign is having respect for Liverpool Football Club.
“And if I feel they are suffering in any way, shape or form, then I think I’ll just need to go the same route as some other people go and see if we can gain some benefit from that.
“I’ll speak to the owners first and see what they say, because the last thing I want to do is my behaviour to impinge on the club’s success in any way, shape or form.”
However, Dalglish did not blame Stoke City for failing to admit guilt in either penalty claim.
“We don’t have any complaint, for want of a better word, about Stoke City,” he added.
“They played well, got the goal, defended courageously at times and maybe occasionally they got a bit of luck but we don’t have anything but appreciation for the way that they played, they way they held onto the game and the way they went on and won the game.
“So there’s nothing for me to say anything other than complimentary towards Tony and Stoke.”
Liverpool were denied what seemed an obvious penalty against Stoke City when Rory Delap handballed in the area, but their second claim when the ball ricocheted off Matthew Upson’s leg onto his hand was less clear.
To just analyse that one match then, Liverpool certainly have a case.
However, is there not equally a case for the club to take such instances on the chin, with the old adage: “these things even out at the end of the season?”
Whether Dalglish has a point or not, his statements seem to accuse the refereeing body as a whole of a conspiracy against Liverpool – which one would imagine the refereeing body would take quite seriously.
What do both Liverpool fans and those of other teams think?
Is there really a conspiracy against Liverpool football club?