Steven Gerrard is confident Liverpool can respond to the stinging words of their manager and book a place in the Carling Cup final this evening.
The Reds have a one goal lead to protect ahead of the second leg against Manchester City, although they go into the Anfield showdown on the back of their worst performance of the campaign so far against Bolton at the weekend.
The 3-1 loss prompted Dalglish to question the attitude of his players, but Gerrard insists those in red tonight will give everything to make amends - and cement a place in the season's first showpiece final.
"It was definitely justified," Gerrard admits. "When you put in a performance like we did as a group you expect criticism, especially from your manager. Kenny spoke in the dressing room after the game and on Monday before training. He wasn't angry, he just said it as it was. He didn't lose his rag or his control. He told individuals and us as a group that it wasn't acceptable. As captain of the team that is down to me and he went through all of us.
"We didn't need telling really. I knew at half-time and I knew after the game that that hadn't been good enough. Maybe the lads had one eye on this and one eye on that. At the beginning of the season the big objective for this club was top four so if you look at it that way, Bolton is bigger than Manchester City.
"There is no good time to perform like that when you play for this club. You have to win every game. The people new to the club will appreciate and understand that a bit more after a performance like that. You can't do it here. The fans won't accept it, they don't deserve it. It's not allowed. Otherwise you get criticised by your manager, like we have all experienced. I have been here a long time and experienced days like that and the important thing is to move on from it fast. If we perform like that against Manchester City, there will be no Wembley trip."
Despite the setback of Saturday's defeat, Gerrard insists the Reds remain well placed to achieve their pre-season targets.
"Our targets were to get into the top four and go on two long runs in the cup and it's still possible. Why change? Why are we crying out for change?" he asks. "We're six points off fourth and there are 16 games left. You're not telling me that this team and the players we've got here are not capable of making that up? The sides who we are competing with aren't on all-out consistent runs. Man United got beat 3-0 by Newcastle the other week, Chelsea drew with Norwich and Arsenal have lost their last three. Why isn't it possible? Why are people crying out for change?
"We've got a fight on for fourth but we had a fight on at the start of the season, when we were telling people our aims for the season. Of course you go into every season wondering if you can get into the title race but at the moment we're not in it and our realistic aim at the start was top four and two good long runs in the cup. At the end of this week we could be going to Wembley, we could be in the fifth round of the FA Cup and six points off fourth. The flip side of that is different but big weeks happen at big football clubs and this is a big week."
And what would it mean to Gerrard if he was celebrating leading Liverpool to Wembley later tonight?
"Nothing. But to lift the cup at Wembley would mean an awful lot. To get to Wembley is the target, to win it is the dream."