Liverpool defender Jose Enrique says Kenny Dalglish is unfairly taking the blame for the team’s poor performances of late, saying the boss is unselfishly taking the pressure off the players.
The Reds have lost five of their last six league games and are under increasing pressure to improve their form with the end of the season fast approaching.
They next face Newcastle Utd in the league on Sunday afternoon, with Enrique returning to St James’s Park for the first time since his move to Anfield from the North East last summer.
“The manager takes pressure for us and of course that is good,” said Enrqiue. “But the truth is, when we make mistakes or have a bad game, we know where the mistakes come from.
“Who plays the games? The players. Who has to win them? The players too.
“The players are frustrated just the same as the fans. We have played good football in many games but against Wigan we didn’t deserve to win.”