Liverpool news – Dalglish eyes FT job, Hodgson gets pay-off, Reds over-reliant on stars

Dalglish eyes FT job.

Kenny Dalglish has admitted that he would be ‘delighted’ to take charge of Liverpool on a permanent basis. The news comes on the back of Liverpool’s sporting director Damien Comolli saying that the Dalglish will be considered for the job at the end of the season, following the conclusion of his short-term contract as manager.

“If they think I can help then I’ll help any which way I can,” the Liverpool legend told The Guardian. “If that means I’m not here, then okay. If that means that I’m here, then I’d be delighted with that.” Fenway Sports Group were thought to be considering appointing a young coach in the summer, but Dalglish’s stint as caretaker manager is effectively a five month job interview, with Comolli admitting Dalglish has all the credentials needed to be Liverpool manager.

Hodgson gets pay-off.

As part of the deal which saw him walk away from the Liverpool manager’s position Roy Hodgson will receive one year’s salary as a lucrative payoff, skysports.com reports.

Following on from the £4 million the club are thought to have paid Rafa Benitez in the summer, there had been worries that paying off Roy Hodgson – appointed just six months previous – would affect Liverpool’s spending during the transfer window.

Not a bit of it. Liverpool commercial director Ian Ayre refuted claims that Liverpool would be out of pocket, saying: “We reached an agreement with Roy and certainly that type of payment does not come into the same area of business as our transfer budget.”

Reds over-reliant on stars.

“Where were you in Istanbul?” Liverpool fans taunted as Michael Owen made his entrance at Old Trafford on Sunday. Michael Owen’s comments that Liverpool are too reliant on stars such as Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres is hardly likely to quell the enmity that has built up between supporters and player since he left Anfield in 2004.

“Liverpool are reliant on a couple of star players and if they are out injured they tend to struggle,” the Daily Telegraph quoted. “I’d say their position reflects where they are right now – in the middle of a transitional period.”

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