Dalglish defends Carroll tantrum

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Kenny Dalglish has defended the actions of Andy Carroll following the Liverpool striker's reaction to being substituted during the weekend defeat to Newcastle.

The Reds were defeated 2-0 at the Sports Direct Arena and the frustration of Dalglish's players was epitomised by Carroll, who was facing his former club.

Carroll cut a forlorn figure as he led the line for Liverpool, while he was also shown a yellow card for diving, with nothing seeming to go the way of the England international on Sunday afternoon.

The 23-year-old allowed his frustration to get the better of him when he was removed from proceedings in favour of Dirk Kuyt with 11 minutes remaining.

Instead of taking his seat on the bench, Carroll instead opted to remove his shirt and storm straight towards the dressing room - seemingly angered at himself and his manager.

Dalglish, though, can sympathise with the actions of his striker, while he also can understand why Pepe Reina - who was shown a red card - let his emotions boil over.

"We started well enough, passed and moved and looked pretty threatening, but obviously it ended up with a lot of frustration and disappointment," said Dalglish after the game.

"I think the frustration and disappointment were a result of the actions Pepe took when he got a deserved red card, and also when Andy [Carroll] came off and went up the tunnel he was disappointed with the way the game's gone, not necessarily for himself but for the team. The frustration takes him up into the dressing room.

"We don't have a problem with people showing their disappointment or frustration, but we need to channel it better than we have done."

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