Dalglish ready for Chelsea clash

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Liverpool will make late fitness calls on several members of the first-team squad before tonight's Carling Cup quarter-final clash with Chelsea, reveals a rather disgruntled Kenny Dalglish.

The Reds boss has labelled the timing of the contest as 'irresponsible' after his side were left with just one full day to recover from Sunday's 1-1 draw with Manchester City in the Barclays Premier League.

"48 hours is a bit irresponsible for the people who've organised the dates of the matches," Dalglish told "It's not just us, it's Man City.

"To ask any team or any players to play two games of high intensity in 48 hours is a bit of a joke.

"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 in any way, shape or form."

Chelsea have had an extra day to prepare for Tuesday's Stamford Bridge encounter following their 3-0 victory over Wolves on Saturday, but Dalglish is adamant that his Liverpool players will be doing everything they can to win the game, and progress into the semi-finals.

"We've not trained yet but 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," he added. "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.

"I don't expect Chelsea to have to make changes. He [Andre Villas-Boas] has said he'll use the competition to try and develop three young players he has that he likes, so I suppose those three will play."

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