Dalglish: We must cheer crowd

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Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has urged his players to give their fans something to cheer about tomorrow night.


Anfield is the scene for the second-leg in the Carling Cup semi-final tie with Manchester City, which the Merseyside club lead 1-0.


A disappointing loss to Bolton Wanderers on Saturday afternoon has brought wide criticism from fans and Dalglish wants his team to cheer them up on Wednesday night by securing a Carling Cup final spot.


“Hopefully it will be a fantastic occasion for everyone,” the Scot told the Liverpool official website.


“The punters will be turning up, there'll be loads of support for us but we need to do something that's going to get the supporters on our side.


“We can't always leave it for them to lift us, sometimes we need to lift them.”


Liverpool fans are renowned for their patience and vociferous support at Anfield, especially on crucial cup nights such as tomorrow will be.


While Dalglish is confident the Kop will behind his team and urging them on, he has warned that this does not come unconditionally and the Reds players will have to perform to a sufficient level to secure this support.


“We can't take it for granted that the fans are going to be there. We should never assume we're going to get the fantastic support that we do - we've got to earn that,” he went on to say.


“They've got to see that we're up to put in a tremendous effort on Wednesday night to get a result for the club.”


The tie with Manchester City is the first in a crucial Cup week for the reds of Merseyside, as an FA Cup fourth round clash with Manchester United awaits them come early Saturday afternoon.


A Steven Gerrard penalty was the difference between the teams in the first leg at the Etihad Stadium two weeks ago.


However, Roberto Mancini’s side are coming off of a morale boosting win over Tottenham on Sunday and will be hungry to carry their momentum in to this game.

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