Liverpool, meanwhile, haven’t played since Friday night – when they overturned Newcastle 3-1 at Anfield.
Dalglish sympathises with City’s unfair fixture arrangements. He told press, “There has to be a bit of common sense, and a game on the first and third of January is a bit unreasonable really,” said Dalglish.
“There has to be a reasonable amount of time for players to recover.
He added, “I know people will say he has a massive squad and enough to field two teams but you have to take the players into consideration because they are the ones who are the main attraction.
“But I think television has been massively helpful to many people in the Premier League so we cannot cut off the hand that feeds us.”