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Liverpool boss Dalglish still full of respect for refs

Kenny Dalglish insists he still respects referees despite Liverpool being on the receiving end of some questionable calls so far this season. The Scotsman was critical of the match officials following his side's 1-0 loss to Stoke City on Saturday and said in the after-match that referees lacked respect for the Reds but also said he would seek the advice of Liverpool's owners before acting on his feelings.

But Dalglish has since met with the referees' chief Mike Riley and has made it clear that he has got nothing against referees.

"It was good to see Mike and we had an extremely informative and amicable discussion, which has given us all a better understanding of how things operate," he told the club's official website.

"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 and maybe it's something that should happen more often."

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