Liverpool's Kenny Dalglish calls for more referee talks

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish believes there should be more communication between managers and match officials.

Dalglish met with referees' chief Mike Riley on Monday after voicing frustration at a number of decisions during his side's 1-0 loss at Stoke.

"We had an extremely informative and amicable discussion, which has given us all a better understanding of how things operate," said Dalglish.

"Maybe it's something that should happen more often."

Following his discussions with Professional Game Match Officials' general manager Riley at Liverpool's Melwood training ground, Dalglish added: "It's our job to best represent the club and protect its interests.

"But we have the utmost respect for the job referees do and have never wanted or asked for any form of preferential treatment - simply a level playing field for everyone.

"We will continue to conduct ourselves in a dignified and respectful manner at all times.

"From our perspective it was certainly worthwhile sitting down together."

During Saturday's game at Stoke, Dalglish took issue with the penalty awarded against his side for Jamie Carragher's challenge on Jonathan Walters - who then converted the resulting spot-kick - and two rejected penalty claims of their own for handball against home players.

And Dalglish said the Stoke game was far from an isolated example.

"The first four games have had contentious decisions in them and every one has gone against us," he said after the Stoke match.

"If I feel the club is suffering in any shape or form I will need to go the same route other people go and see if we can gain some benefit from that.

"I'll speak to the owners first and see what they say because the last thing I want to do is for my behaviour to impinge on the club's success in any way."

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