Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish says Andy Carroll didn't deserve to be booked for diving in defeat at Newcastle United.

Carroll was booked inside 10 minutes by referee Martin Atkinson after going down under a challenge from Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul.

Dalglish said: "We've no qualms about when Andy went down under the goalkeeper either. I thought it wasn't a penalty kick and that Andy was losing his balance anyway before he reached the goalkeeper, and so if he had got past him I think he would have fallen over.

"We don't have a problem with that. Maybe we have a problem with the yellow card because I don't think he was intentionally trying to get a penalty kick."