Kenny Dalglish’s first league game in charge of Liverpool for nearly 20 years ended in defeat by the seaside at the hands of Blackpool.
Ian Holloway’s side came from a goal down to clinch victory and secure a famous double over the struggling Merseysiders for the season.
Liverpool had started brightly, opening the scoring through Fernando Torres. However his goal was cancelled out by Gary Taylor-Fletcher and a 69th minute DJ Campbell winner was enough to separate the teams.
Dalglish told The Guardian that luck had left the team at the wrong moment. “Every side that is successful needs that bit of luck and maybe at the moment that’s going against us a bit,” he said. “We have a lot of work to do. We have to get ourselves into a position to get that luck.”
Henry back to discuss transfers.
John W. Henry is preparing to fly over to Liverpool for ten days, which will see him discuss transfer funds with Kenny Dalglish and attend Sunday’s Merseyside Derby against Everton, the Daily Telegraph reports.
Liverpool have already been linked with 17-year-old Southampton midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Rennes winger Sylvain Marveaux, but the defeat to Blackpool has further exposed Liverpool’s need for experienced reinforcements.
King Kenny will also speak to sporting director Damien Comolli about potential investments soon. Comolli has overseen intensive changes in Liverpool’s scouting department but has not yet had the opportunity to speak to Dalglish. “I have not spoken to Damien or the owners about new players,” the Scot said.
Pacheco hopes for chances.
Daniel Pacheco has cut a frustrated figure throughout the past two seasons as he has struggled to make the breakthrough into Liverpool’s first team under Rafa Benitez and Roy Hodgson.
If the Spaniard impressed in Spain Under-19’s European Championships victory last summer, it seemed his previous manager was not watching. Kenny Dalglish’s arrival therefore is cause for optimism.
Pacheco hopes that Dalglish’s extensive involvement with the academy will give him the chance to make the breakthrough. “I hope I can challenge for a place and it’s a new challenge for all of us,” he told skysports.com. “Especially the young players because Kenny knows every player in the academy.”