x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 24 January 2018

Silence is golden for Liverpool's Kenny Dalglish

The Scottish manager refuses to talk about the referee after two of his players were sent off in 4-0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur.

Kenny Dalglish, the Liverpool manager, refused to criticise Mike Jones after the referee sent off two of his players in the 4-0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur.

Last week Dalglish met with Mike Riley, the referees' chief, after the Scot felt aggrieved that his team had not been awarded two penalties in last Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Stoke City.

Jones's decision to send off Charlie Adam and Martin Skrtel swung the game in Tottenham's favour. Adam was sent off after 32 minutes for two bookings and Skrtel followed in the second half when he earned a second yellow for hacking Gareth Bale down.

"It's better to just leave it," Dalglish said when asked about the red cards. "It's best left unsaid because it takes away from a magnificent performance by Tottenham."

Luka Modric's brilliant seventh-minute strike - his first of the season after a summer of speculation concerning his future - put Spurs on their way.

They never looked back and the game was sealed by Jermain Defoe's low drive and Emmanuel Adebayor's brace. Modric was unhappy at not being able to move to Chelsea this summer, but is now happy, Harry Redknapp, the manager, said.

"I think the chairman will sit down with him now and discuss his contract," Redknapp said. "That's what I'd like to happen. It was a great strike today. That's why we were offered £40 million [Dh232m] because he's a top player."

Redknapp was also happy to see Adebayor, the former Arsenal striker, take his Tottenham tally to three in two games since his loan move from Manchester City earlier this month, adding: "He always has a smile on his face. Let's hope it continues."