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Liverpool Club Focus - Another year for Dalglish?


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By Mushtaq Quraishi

Monday 14 May 2012

This season was not supposed to pan out like this for Liverpool. Even Kenny Dalglish’s biggest admirers will admit that an eighth place finish - the Reds’ worst since 1994 - cannot be branded as a success.


The Anfield outfit approached the campaign hoping to challenge for a place in the top four, but in truth, Liverpool have hardly looked capable of reaching that target based on performances this season. In the end, the Reds finished a huge 17 points behind Tottenham Hotspur, who occupy that fourth spot. Given that Dalglish’s men ended the 2010/2011 season just 10 points behind fourth-place Arsenal, some would argue that they have taken a backwards step this term.


But the highly-respected Liverpool legend will point to two Cup finals as a sign that things are improving. The Merseysiders clinched the Carling Cup back in February - their first trophy since 2006. Will principal owner, John Henry of Fenway Sports Group, accept that as a good return on his investment? After all, the Americans have funded Dalglish’s huge spending spree, even though a fair chunk of the £100m+ splashed out by the manager and former director of football Damien Comolli was clawed back through player sales.


On paper, Liverpool appear to be just a few players short of having a more complete, competitive side. Defensively, the Reds have been sound, conceding fewer goals than all the Premier League teams apart from Manchester City and Manchester United. Therefore, Dalglish is unlikely to tinker with his back four. However, there are question marks over the midfield. Not only will the manager be seeking a long term replacement for the ageing, injury-prone captain Steven Gerrard, but the likely departures of wingers Maxi Rodriguez and Dirk Kuyt will leave a gap down the flanks. Able replacements are needed.


Many Liverpool supporters would also like to see a new striker arrive at Anfield this summer. The Reds’ problems in front of goal this season have been well documented, with even relegated Blackburn Rovers managing to find the net more often than the Merseysiders this term. Crafty Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez has been splendid at times this season, while Andy Carroll has also been more impressive in recent weeks. However, a third forward, who can poach goals and make the most of the several chances created, would be welcome.


For the moment, it remains unclear whether Dalglish will still be in charge for next campaign or not. Given the Reds’ poor league season, it would not be totally unbelievable if Henry did find a replacement for the current manager, but based on Dalglish’s legendary status and Liverpool’s success in the Carling Cup, it would be somewhat surprising if he was not given another season to try and guide the Anfield outfit back into the Champions League. An interesting summer lies ahead.



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9 Comments


By cool on 14 May 2012 at 13:01


to bill who cares about Arsenal and spurs,we won the carling cup"so what"we played a poor game again and got lucky,kenny has turned liverpool into a mid/bottom team that has no passion and no heart.if he stays next season then expect another poor season. you buy crap you get crap and kenny brought some crap


By dean on 14 May 2012 at 12:48


FOOLGLISH NEEDS SACKING !!! HE DOESNT DESERVE TO BE MOVED UPSTAIRS,ARE MIDFIELD IS THE WORST IN PREMIER LEAGUE...WHEN I SAW THE FA CUP FINAL TEAM :{ I NEW CHELSEA WOULD WIN ??? SPEARING HENDERSON DOWNING,SHOCKING PLAYERS,AND FOOLGLISH SAYING WE JUST NEED ABIT OF LUCK { MY ASS } PLEASE LEAVE AND TAKE THE TERRIBLE SIGNINGS WITH YOU...


By Asian Fan on 14 May 2012 at 12:30


Arsenal and Spurs have the champions league. Chelsea has the FA cup and has beaten Barcelona to reach the Champions League final. Man Utd has the champions league, and has every chance to win the league next season. Liverpool has 8th, won the mickey mouse cup on penalties with a 2nd tier side, lose to Swansea, Fulham, QPR ... How low should we go before we can say enough is enough? If Kenny is really a top manager, why wasn't he leading a team over the past years before he joined us. If he is sacked, who is queueing for his services? If he really cares about Liverpool, he should be hoping that we win the league even if it means that another manager is leading us. But the way I see it, he is worried more about his pocket and is now waiting for the sack instead of resigning.


By Red on 14 May 2012 at 12:08


Bill and your likes, Kenny is destroying LFC, before your eyes, and through your blinded sentimentality, can't see that???.


By darren on 14 May 2012 at 12:03


yeah but look at the players they have got(without spending hundred odd million


By Red on 14 May 2012 at 12:01


Bill....What does it take, for fans like yourself, to wake the F up, to REALITY!!!.


By Red on 14 May 2012 at 11:58


Do you mean King Kenny, from PLANET COOKOO???.


By Bomber25 on 14 May 2012 at 11:41


Dalglish killed Liverpool's progress last season with the acquisition of very average British players. My fear is if he stays on, some of our star players might want to leave. Skrtel is a clear point in case.


By Bill on 14 May 2012 at 11:28


It may have been a poor league run but we have silverware, what have Arseal, Spurs oh and the Manure got? yes thats right f*** all.


 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 

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