Kenny Dalglish’s first game in the Anfield dugout since walking out on Liverpool in 1991 was hardly the glorious comeback he must have hoped.
Nevertheless, a 2-2 draw arrests a run of three consecutive defeats and highlighted signs of Liverpool’s improvement; not least their character to draw level after surrendering an early lead to fall 2-1 behind in the second half.
“It was very emotional for me to be back in the dugout and the response I got from the crowd was very much appreciated,” Dalglish told the Daily Telegraph. “But what was really appreciated was the way they stuck with the players.” He also commented that there was enough about the performance to suggest that Liverpool would be able to “turn it around sooner rather than later.”
Duo’s confidence damaged.
Although certain aspects of Sunday’s draw with Everton have given Kenny Dalglish cause for hope, the fact is that Liverpool still languish in the bottom half of the Premier League of the table, on the periphery of an unthinkable relegation battle.
Confidence in the dressing room has never been so low. Should their current form be reversed, the shattered confidence of players like Paul Konchesky and Christian Poulsen must be rebuilt.
Two of Roy Hodgson’s summer signings, neither has acquitted himself at all well at Anfield and both have bore the brunt of Liverpool supporters’ frustrations. Dalglish told skysports.com that repairing their confidence is crucial to Liverpool’s chances. “If we can get Christian Poulsen and Paul Konchesky back on side then it makes the squad that bit deeper,” he said.
Reds eye van Bommel.
According to goal.com, Liverpool have tabled a £2.5 million bid for Mark van Bommel. The combative midfielder is entering the final six months of his contract with Bayern Munich and his Bavarian employers are thought to be willing to cash in on the Dutchman rather than risk losing him for free in the summer.
Liverpool face a fight for the 33-year-old’s signature, however, with interest from Italian giants Internazionale and A.C. Milan also reported to be interested. However van Bommel is thought to be more enamoured with a move to the Premier League, meaning the biggest rivals for his signature are likely to be Aston Villa.