Kenny's just playing the game
Kenny Dalglish's post-match comments after the Stoke game have shown that he's prepared to use all the psychological tricks necessary to protect his team this season.
In recent years we've seen the likes of Wenger, Mourinho and old Whiskey Nose himself use their interviews to do far more than answer stupid questions. It's an opportunity to plant seeds of doubt in opposition teams as well as influence the future decisions of referees. Following the robbery witnessed at the Britannia Stadium Kenny decided the time was right to air his grievances.
Dalglish said that he would be consulting the owners over what next action to take following the latest episode of refereeing slackness. By making public his feelings that we've have been treated unfairly so far this season, it will (subconsciously or otherwise) make referees think twice about any future contentious decisions in our matches. This isn't any Derren Brown inspired jiggery-pokery, just a simple ploy to try and address the refereeing balance.
To a certain extent the mind games amongst managers has always been around, but in these media-obsessive times its become more important than ever. Famous examples which have been consigned to the annals of Premier League history include Kevin Keegan's "luv it" meltdown and Rafa Benitez's "facts" nonsense. Sadly in both instances it emphasised how further ahead in the mental game Ferguson was than his rivals.
I've noticed some sites (football365 in particular), comment on the alleged "everyone is against us" mentality from Scousers and that these latest comments from Dalglish have added to the paranoia. Some others have gone as far as to suggest that he's losing the plot! This is of course absolute tosh. Kenny is just playing the game. There is however legitimate evidence to show that certain elements of the media favour other clubs over the Reds but that is an argument for another day.
Being a manager is a pretty mucky business these days and using the media to your advantage is just another way of trying to steal a march on your adversaries. We can't be left behind in these mind games and I'm sure Kenny is more than capable of playing in the mud if need be.