A run of five defeats in six league matches has led to all manner of questions being asked, ranging from the appetite of the players to Dalglish’s judgement on tactics and in the transfer market.
The team were booed off by a rapidly-emptying Anfield after a 10th loss of the season at home to Wigan last weekend and there were some isolated calls to radio phone-ins and on social networking sites suggesting the Scot be replaced.
Liverpool may have already won the Carling Cup – their first piece of silverware for six years – and be in the semi-finals of the FA Cup but Dalglish bristles at the use of the phrase “instant success” in relation to his second spell in charge which began 15 months ago.
“It is a modern idiom; you have social media which is instant and when you ask a question you get an instant reply,” said the Reds boss. “Everything is instant now – even coffee. There is no way it is anything other than that.
“But what has not changed at this club is the desire of the players to take the club forward and that is what we are trying to do. I don’t think it will be done overnight, it won’t be done on Twitter, it will be done with a lot of hard work and that is what we are trying to do. There is no success in football which is instant – you can forget instant. We want to progress the club as far as we can.”
Colchester will hand late fitness tests to Ryan Jackson and Brandon Comley prior to their clash with Yeovil.
Arsenal secured their place in the quarter-finals of the Europa League following their 3-1 defeat of AC Milan at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday.
Danny Welbeck scored twice against AC Milan to toast his England recall by sending Arsenal into the last eight of the Europa League.
Ipswich striker Joe Garner will not play again this season after it emerged he suffered a fractured skull against Sheffield United last week.