Ryan Babel faces Liverpool punishment over Twitter picture of referee Howard Webb wearing a Manchester United shirt.
UK (JANUARY 14, 2011)
ITN - Forward Ryan Babel
faces punishment from
Liverpool over the
mocked-up picture of
referee Howard Webb
that he posted on Twitter,
manager Kenny Dalglish
said on Friday (January
The Dutchman has already accepted an improper conduct charge from the Football Association for the doctored photograph which showed Webb in a Manchester United shirt after Liverpool's 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford in the FA Cup on Sunday (January 9).
Webb, who took charge of last year's World Cup final between Spain and Netherlands, awarded United a penalty in the opening minute of the game and Babel posted the picture with the comment: "And they call him one of the best referees? That's a joke".
Dalglish warned players to be more careful.
"Ryan (Babel) got to be responsible. If you want to be on Twitter, you got to be responsible. You know the repercussions if you say or do something contentious. And as I say, I think it was a bit of tongue-in-cheek and it wasn't his creation. But he has apologised unreservedly to the referee. So, the club will probably take some action I would have thought and that should be finished with," he said.
On Sunday (January 16), the former Anfield hero will be facing city rivals Everton, who are in 11th place, on the same 25 points as their opponents who are 12th in the standings.
For Dalglish, the Liverpool derby will bring back special memories.
"Yeah, it will be emotional but then so it was last year's derby. This time is going to be a little bit different. I will seat a little bit closer to the pitch this time than I got the last time. But is is a fantastic occasion irrespective of the personalities involved, for me to walk the steps again towards the dugout is something I am looking forward to." Dalglish said.
Dalglish had lost both matches since replacing Roy Hodgson and needs to win the confidence from new owners John Henry who is expected to watch Sunday's derby.
"We will make mistakes and will try to correct the mistakes but the great thing the players have in their favour is they are going to be the ones who dictate how quickly to get that back, The best way to do that, the quickest way to do it is to start winning matches and as soon as we start winning matches the greater the confidence will become," Dalglish said.