Welsh international Craig Bellamy was rested for the Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City on Sunday after manager Kenny Dalglish decided he was too upset following the death of his close friend Gary Speed.
Dalglish told Sky Sports that it was a decision he had taken after they were informed that Wales manager Speed had been found dead at his home earlier on Sunday aged 42.
"It was a decision I decided to take on Craig's behalf," said Dalglish, who signed Speed when he was manager of Newcastle United.
"It is devastating and it might be a cliche but these things make football rather secondary.
"I felt that Bellas - who was really close to Gary - would not be in the frame of mind to play."