Liverpool defender Jose Enrique has admitted that having to play two games in 48 hours is unfair, but that it will not be used as an excuse should his team get eliminated from the Carling Cup by Chelsea.
The Anfield outfit travel to Stamford Bridge in the quarter finals of the knockout competition on Tuesday, a mere two days after facing Manchester City in the league.
Kenny Dalglish has been vocal in his displeasure at the scheduling nightmare, and the Spanish full back has agreed with his club boss.
“If the manager decides I have to play, I play,” the ex-Newcastle left back told the club’s official website.
“The Premier League and Football League didn’t make a good decision.
“We played on Sunday and have to play in another 48 hours, whereas Chelsea played on Saturday. This is not normal. It just happens in England,” he stated.
Despite the taxing build up of fixtures, Enrique stated that the Merseysiders will not use it as an excuse should they be beaten on Tuesday.
“It is no good for us because we play against Chelsea away and it is hard to win, and normally when you play 48 hours after a game you are more tired.
“But there will be no excuses. We can still win there and will try to get that win,” he admitted.
By Gareth McKnight