When Kenny Dalglish got the call from FSG on his holiday he knew he was the only man who could save Liverpool. Of course, Kenny being Kenny he dropped whatever he was doing and jumped at the chance to manage the club that as meant everything to him since 1977. Liverpool's favorite adopted son walked out at Old Trafford a day later knowing that he had to galvanize a squad that had completely lost their way.
4 Transfer windows of not being able to add quality players to the team (while losing good ones) meant that Liverpool were playing horrible football and not getting results. We were only 3 months removed from near bankruptcy and our manager had shown his lack of understanding of Liverpool FC (smiling with Moyes, wine with Ferguson, famous victories in places we have never heard of etc, etc). We were in the middle of a possible regulation fight had Hodgson stayed. Kenny came in and not only righted the shrinking ship he has us playing some lovely football and winning more games then we were losing. The same players that had been woefully underperforming under the Owl started to perform. We were beaten that day by a another dodgy Old Trafford pk but Liverpool were on the up with Kenny in charge.
Kenny also inherited a world class but unhappy striker and he got rid of him (and Babbel) for about 60 million pounds. He quickly added to the strike force in getting Carroll and Suarez for 57 million pound which when you look at them together is not bad business! Things went wrong for Kenny in the summer with the policy of buying British. We overpaid for Henderson and Downing and paid fairly for Adam and Enrique, but they are just that in terms of ability, mediocre players at best. Coates looks to be the best purchase but will have to wait and find out on that one.
Kenny took us back to Wembley, not once but 3 times, winning the Cardiff cup which was a great day out for the supporters. All that matters is that you get your name on the cup but the manner of victory was very poor. The sem-final victory over Everton was indeed a great one and we had some fantastic victories in the cup's last season! Our league results were dreadful, however at times our football was good. Losses at home to Fulham and West Brom and our performance at Bolton was horrific.
The signs of a decent team are evident but many players did not have great seasons while the loss of Lucas was devastating. Kenny at times was very stubborn with his use of the 3 subs and his always picking Downing and Henderson over Kuyt and Maxi was frustrating.
I was disappointed to hear the Kenny had been sacked by Liverpool but he came in and did a job for us that we desperately needed. Once again, Liverpool supporters owe him a great deal for the work he accomplished here. This does not change one single feeling I have towards the man, if anything it only raises him up another notch in my eyes. Kenny will always be King Kenny to me.
As a stated a few days ago I didn't know what the right decision was for FSG in regards to Kenny but either way we have to support the new manager. In any walk of life if you make a change you better have a better replacement lined up. This was the crucial mistake Purslow made when he got rid of Benetiz. I trust that FSG have been speaking with other managers and they will have someone with a very strong CV interviewing for the position for the manager of LFC
Perhaps if I could just ask them to take a look at the CV of man that includes 2 La Liga titles, a European Cup, a FA Cup, a UEFA cup and a Super cup I would be most appreciative.
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