After a disaster of a managerial campaign for Roy Hodgson, Kenny Dalglish stepped back into the role for Liverpool to ensure Europe League qualification – a remarkable turnaround considering the club found themselves in the relegation zone after defeat to Blackpool in October. After Hodgson left by ‘mutual consent’ due to the run of poor results, Dalglish was appointed as Liverpool manager on 8th January 2011.
His first assignment as manager was to bring in the strike duo of Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll, whilst also overseeing the sale of Kop favourite Fernando Torres to Chelsea for a then record of £50 mililion. Due to the way he turned around the club’s fortunes Dalglish was then give the job permanently in the summer of 2011 and signed the likes of Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam, Stewart Downing and Jose Enrique.
It was these signings being unable to hit the ground running that brought the bitter-sweet ending to the Liverpool legend’s second run as club manager. Dalglish led Liverpool to huge domestic success; winning the League Cup and falling at the final hurdle in the FA Cup but these promising cup runs were not enough to pave over the cracks of Liverpool’s league campaign.
Liverpool finished 8th that season below Newcastle United and local rivals Everton; it was only due to the league cup success that the Reds would be competing in a European Competition the next season. In May of 2012 it was announced that Dalglish would be leaving the club and Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers would take over from the King not long after.
Article by Louis Connor
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