THEY were questions Kenny Dalglish no doubt hoped would never have to be asked again.
But just days after Liverpool’s triumphant FA Cup semi-final win over Everton at Wembley, the Reds manager has again been quizzed on the treatment of supporters.
If over 70,000 Merseysiders descending on the capital for a lunchtime start last weekend was seen as an achievement then thousands of Reds fans landing at the national stadium for a 5.15pm kick-off on May 5 will match that display of commitment and forward planning.
A train service obliterated by engineering works coupled with yet more insensitive match scheduling, agreed to by the football authorities, means Liverpool fans have a fight on their hands to be there for the FA Cup final against Chelsea.
As Dalglish hints, the supporters appear to have been an afterthought and have been left to battle with the country’s downsized transport infrastructure that weekend.
The Liverpool faithful are no strangers to overcoming barriers and international boundaries in order to be there to cheer on their side but this latest ask, though on these shores, still does not sit well with the manager.
Even though he knows the Reds will fill their allocation on the day of the game, Dalglish believes it is wrong of the powers to assume they can do so.
“They’re fantastic fans, they’ll get there anyway,” said Dalglish.
“Sometimes it’s a problem when fans are taken for granted – not just our fans, but any football club.
“That’s the decision that has been made and it’s been made outside of our control.
“But we’re sure our fans will get there. It could have been made a bit easier for them, but they’ll still get there.”
Whilst the rest of their time may be spent organising a third trip of the season to ‘Anfield South’, Liverpool supporters have a home game with West Bromwich Albion to think of first.
The visit of the Hawthorns side marks a first return to the Red half of Merseyside for manager Roy Hodgson and kicks off a run of three Premier League games before Dalglish takes his team back to Wembley.
Following the jubilation of beating Cardiff City in February to lift the Carling Cup, Liverpool came crashing back to earth with an injury-time loss to Arsenal.
And asked if he feared a similar deflating afternoon after the comeback win over Everton, Dalglish was keen to stress the positives from the day Robin Van Persie struck twice for the Gunners.
“I don’t think we had a problem last time,” said the manager.
“We played Arsenal and the quality of the play was magnificent but the result was not what we hoped for. It’s not difficult for the lads to lift themselves back up, we’re not complacent, we’re not arrogant. We’re delighted we got the result last weekend but we’re not getting carried away and are not going to be pompous or disrespectful in anyway shape or form. We have big games coming up and we are trying to win them.”
“We’re coming off the back of a fantastic performance and result at Wembley on Saturday but for us to think it is finished would be wrong,” he continued.
“We want to continue and the players have been really professional in the way they have gone about their job and they’ll continue to do that between now and the end of the season. We want to win every game and we are capable of winning them.
“If we go about it in the right way and the right manner we will be oay.
“We’ve enjoyed the result but need to dust ourselves down and just get on with and see if we can get some positive results between now and the end of the season.”
The results Dalglish speaks of should be easy to come by if Liverpool can summon the incredible levels of resilience they have shown in their past two games.
Jamie Carragher was unable to put his finger on why the club’s history is littered with big game comebacks but he knows it is in the Anfield DNA.
Dalglish admits to being equally at a loss but says the feeling of a late goal is unrivalled.
“Somebody asked me ‘what’s the secret of Liverpool?’ Well if there is a secret then we’re not going to tell you. It is something that they have done for many, many years. Very pleasingly we have done it for the last two games and for some reason when you score late on it always tastes a bit better. Even if you equalise late on and get a draw it always tastes better.”