Liverpool suffered yet another home defeat last night as Fulham came to Anfield and left with a 1-0 victory.
Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish rested a lot of his star players but the defeat showed the lack of squad depth at Dalglish’s disposal.
The players that were selected didn’t do justice to their selection and didn’t look fit to wear a Liverpool shirt (that’s coming from a fan of the club across Stanley Park).
However it’s their manager Kenny Dalglish that should shoulder the burden of blame.
Have Liverpool really progressed since Kenny Dalglish has taken charge? I don’t really think they have. In fact the Reds look set to be heading for their lowest top flight finish in 20 years.
Liverpool finishing seventh or eighth in the Premier League would seem unthinkable normally but that’s the reality of the situation for Reds fans. I know a lot of Reds fans who are very unhappy with their teams league performances and Dalglish.
Liverpool have already won the Carling Cup and are in the FA Cup final against Chelsea this Saturday. I don’t think that’s because of Kenny Dalglish I think that’s despite him. If Everton wouldn’t have came out like a rabbit caught in the headlights of a car in the second half of the FA Cup semi-final, Liverpool would facing up to a very disappointing season.
The Reds may have won the Carling Cup but that would have been their lowest priority this season, just as it is for every big club in England. If you asked Chelsea or Manchester United fans would you be happy to finish eighth in the league and win the Carling Cup we all know what the answer would be.
Kenny Dalglish is a Liverpool legend but that doesn’t mean he can manage forever. I feel that a lot of Liverpool fans think that it’s time for a change in the Anfield hotseat. Kenny Dalglish is very much from the old school of management.
What Liverpool need now is a modern boss that will take the club forward by winning the bread and butter games of the Premier League. It’s all well and good turning the style on against the likes of rivals Manchester United or Everton in big games but you have to do it against the bottom teams as well.
I think the ideal sort of boss would be somebody like Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp. The young Dortmund boss has inspired a transformation in the Ruhr teams fortunes in his time at the club. He took over a big club struggling for results and within a few seasons they were champions of Germany again.
That is the sort of inspiration needed at Anfield at the moment. They don’t need a boss who is living on his reputation as a club legend. Reputation doesn’t win you football matches.
Kenny Dalglish preferred to sign British players in his first spell in charge of the club and it proved successful at the time. At that time though the league wasn’t awash with foreign stars and British players were good enough.
Fast forward a few decades and British players no longer dominate the English top flight. Any English player who has a good game these days ends up with a massive price tag on his head. Dalglish has decided to sign British players for massive fees and the signings simply haven’t worked out.
The jury is still out on the likes of Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing, who between cost the Reds upwards of £50million. That’s not even bringing in the £35million spent on big Andy Carroll.
Kenny Dalglish has spent a lot of money on some very average talent. At most other top English clubs he probably would have been sacked by now but because of who he is Dalglish is still in charge at Liverpool.
Unfortunately for Liverpool I believe that Kenny Dalglish will keep his job at Anfield. If Dalglish sorts out his mess this summer then I will be forced to eat humble pie. However I don’t think I’ll be getting my pie-eating spoon out anytime soon.
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