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Friday 17 August 2018

Dalglish clears the air with refs chief

KENNY Dalglish has held clear-the-air talks with referees' chief Mike Riley in the aftermath of the Liverpool manager's criticism of Premier League officials.

Liverpool suffered their first defeat of the season at Stoke on Saturday thanks to Jonathan Walters' controversial penalty, with Dalglish (pictured below) claiming afterwards decisions have gone against his club in every game so far.

The Reds were denied two |penalty claims of their own at the Britannia by Mark Clattenberg |and Dalglish said he would be consulting with the club's owners to discuss taking his concerns further.

However, after meeting with Riley, general manager of Professional Game Match Officials Ltd, |at the club's Melwood training ground, Dalglish revealed a more positive outlook and advocated the idea of more regular discussions between managers and referees.

Understanding

“It was good to see Mike and we |had an extremely informative and amicable discussion, which has |given us all a better understanding of how things operate,” Dalglish said.

“It's our job to best represent the club and protect its interests.

“But we have the utmost respect for the job referees do and have never wanted or asked for any form of preferential treatment, simply a level playing field for everyone. We will continue to conduct ourselves in a dignified and respectful manner at all times. From our perspective it was certainly worthwhile sitting down together and maybe it's something that should happen more often.”

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