Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has vowed to oversee an immediate improvement following his side's 3-1 defeat at Bolton on Saturday night.
The Reds were undone by goals from Mark Davis, Nigel Reo-Coker and Gretar Steinsson at the Reebok Stadium, with Craig Bellamy's first-half strike serving only as a consolation for the Anfield outfit on their travels.
'King Kenny' was left to threaten some of his players with the exit door straight after the defeat to the Trotters, and is now expecting a response from his side ahead of two massive Cup fixtures.
"I was annoyed and disappointed, more so about the attitude, the commitment and the approach to the game - that wasn't us," he told the official Liverpool website.
"All season we've been very complimentary about the way the boys have gone about their work but I don't think you could say that on Saturday. Their approach to the game was poor.
"Whether they had their minds on the next two games, I don't know. But every game we play is a very important game."
Those next games are Manchester City, in the League Cup semi-final second leg on Wednesday night, and Manchester United in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday.
Dalglish insists that all opponents must be treated with respect though, particularly in the Barclays Premier League, and some of his Liverpool players learned that lesson the hard way.
"If they want to get any success at this football club, they have to understand we respect every opponent we come up against. We were never going to be able to just turn up and get a result," he continued.
"If you have pride in yourself and in the football club that reflects in the effort you put in. I don't know where that attitude came from but it needs to go quickly. Saying how well Bolton played is the easy option for us. We made it difficult for ourselves. Collectively, we just never played.
"It was certainly an unacceptable performance. Now we will get our minds on the Man City game. We have to solve our own problems. What do we do to put it right? Same as we always do - we work."
The Merseysiders hold a one goal advantage ahead of Roberto Mancini's side's arrival in 48 hours, with Steven Gerrard's penalty in the first-leg at the Etihad Stadium currently the difference between the two sides.