Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish defended not starting yesterday's defeat at Manchester United with Craig Bellamy and Andy Carroll.

Dalglish introduced Bellamy, Carroll and Charlie Adam in the second half as he tried to inspire a comeback.

He said: "We tried to get ourselves back into the game and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. We got ourselves a goal but lost the game.

"Any victory you get is not just with 11 players, it's with 14, so we've got a big squad of players, a great squad and we'll use them as we sit fit, but as I said we left ourselves a mountain to climb with the two goals we lost."