Club Focus – Liverpool – Dalglish remains on temporary contract

Kenny Dalglish’s inspiring return to management at Anfield has impressed Liverpool’s new owners, many Reds fans and the players themselves as the calls for him to be given the job on a permanent basis become louder and louder. Dalglish took over a side who were struggling under Roy Hodgson and the ‘King’ has turned things around on Merseyside as Liverpool’s latest win over Chelsea meant they have secured four consecutive victories in the Premier League without conceding a goal. The Reds legend was originally given the job until the end of the season, but many feel he should now be offered a long-term contract.

Dirk Kuyt is the latest player to voice his approval of Dalglish. The Dutchman has played a significant role as the lead striker in the side over the last two games and he has now joined local stars Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher in admitting he would like Dalglish to take over permanently. Kuyt said: “He’s installed a lot of belief and he told us we are all quality players and that he is here to help us. He’s a legend, not only to the fans but to the players. Obviously he has helped me a lot as a striker.”

Indeed, Dalglish has given Liverpool hope again and has revitalised the Reds, who are winning more games, picking up more points and generally playing better football. Nevertheless, some suggest that the club’s owners should wait before making a decision on his future. John Henry and co, who were originally looking for a younger manager to take over the reins in the Anfield hotseat, have admitted that Dalglish has done a good job, but their decision not to rush in to making an offer for the caretaker to take over permanently should be respected

This gives Dalglish an incentive to keep gaining results and lifting Liverpool higher up the table. Indeed, the Reds legend would aim to do this regardless of how long his contract lasted, but the current deal does keep him under some pressure and gives him something to work towards. Although it now seems very likely that the owners will offer Dalglish a longer contract, they clearly have a good reason to hold the approach back for a little longer.

Meanwhile, despite the transfer window closing last week, there has been more speculation surrounding another big name at Liverpool. Goalkeeper Pepe Reina, who has a long contract to serve with the Reds, has been linked with a move away from the club. Reina has always insisted he is happy at Anfield and his performances have highlighted his commitment to the cause; however the recent departure of Torres has shown that the loyalty of a player towards a club does not always last as long as fans would like. Nevertheless, with Liverpool climbing up the table in recent weeks as opposed to slipping down it as they were under Hodgson, it appears more and more likely that Reina will dismiss this speculation, just has he has done in similar situations in the past.

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