Liverpool news – Babel to Malaga, Dalglish puts pressure on Hodgson, Murphy backs former boss

Dalglish puts pressure on Hodgson.

Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish says that his managerial career is not over and, should he be tempted by an offer good enough, would be willing to leave his post as ambassador for Liverpool’s academy. His statements reported on resonate because of their timing. His was the name Anfield fans called for as Liverpool were defeated 2-1 at home to Blackpool and he also made no secret of his desire to take on the job after Rafa Benitez departed during the summer. “First of all you need to be asked, second it needs to be suitable if you were asked,” he said, putting more inadvertent pressure on Roy Hodgson.

Murphy backs ‘Pool manager.

Danny Murphy’s recent comments have risen him to the unlikely status of being one of the Premier League’s most controversial and outspoken figures.

Having earned unwanted controversy for criticising Premier League managers for the spate of aggressive tackles which have punctuated recent Premier League games, he has today spoke out in support of Roy Hodgson. The former Liverpool playmaker told The Independent: “The way he wants his team to play and the type of tactics and discipline he wants his team to have don’t happen overnight.”

Urging for calm, he argued that appointing Kenny Dalglish would be the wrong move for Liverpool, saying that his former manager at Fulham will eventually get things right.

Babel to Malaga.

Spanish daily AS reports that Malaga are ready to end Ryan Babel’s stint on the substitute’s bench by bidding to sign him on loan during the January transfer window.

Babel’s arrival at Liverpool was heralded as the start of a burgeoning career for the Holland international. However, inconsistent form has seen him appear more regularly as a substitute – indeed making only two substitute appearances in the Premier League under Roy Hodgson – than by starting games and this situation has often led to him voicing his frustration.

Malaga appear to offer an escape route, although any likely transfer will have to wait until the ownership battle at Anfield reaches its conclusion.

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