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Dalglish Needs To Wake Up To His Mistakes & Drop His Transfer Flops

Kenny Dalglish will be hoping the annihilation of Liverpool by Tottenham on Sunday was just a one off, but the toothless manner of  ‘The Red’s’ capitulation in their first test against quality opposition suggests there are much more serious problems to address.

Needless to say, Dalglish got his team selection and tactics completely wrong against Spurs. Liverpool essentially played three in midfield with Suarez, Carroll and Downing ahead in attack. In theory, their numerical advantage in the middle should have allowed them to control possession but all three midfielders were so poor that Parker and Modric were virtually able to keep the ball unopposed.

Andy Carroll’s selection ahead of Dirk Kuyt and Craig Bellamy was completely unjustifiable, as the number nine did nothing in his cameo at Stoke City or indeed at any time since his arrival at the club to warrant a place in the squad, let alone in the starting eleven. His lethargic runs and poor ball control are testing the patience of even the most loyal supporters.

Of the four British signings Liverpool have bought, only Stewart Downing has been a good addition. Carroll, Adam and Henderson have all been let-downs.

Neither Charlie Adam and Jordan Henderson have so far justified why they deserve a starting place. Adam was the only signing that didn’t cost an excessive amount of money and he has proven that he’s justified his price tag with very rare moments of quality being overshadowed by frequently inconsistent displays.

It seems as if he’s incapable of playing under pressure. At Rangers he crumbled, after Christmas when Liverpool’s interest became known he crumbled and on Sunday he crumbled under the pressure again, pulling off a reckless tackle that Nigel De Jong would be proud of, and putting his already bewildered side under unimaginable pressure.

On his day Adam can spray the ball around well, but his lack of mobility and inconsistency are what make him such a risk and perhaps not the player Liverpool need.

Indeed, he seems to have forgotten he’s no longer the main man he was at Blackpool, evidenced by his three shots from the half way line in five premier league matches so far this season. He has looked so out of sync with Luis Suarez in the previous two matches that the Uruguayan has taken to shouting at him when more often than not his pass misses its intended target.

Suarez is by far Liverpool’s best player and Dalglish should be doing everything in his power to get the best out of him, but at the moment, it’s clear that isn’t happening.

Last season under Dalglish only Chelsea had a better record than Liverpool in the second half of the season. That was largely down to a fluid front four of Kuyt, Maxi, Suarez and Meireles, who were completely unplayable at times. Of that front four, only Luis Suarez remains. The others have either been benched or pushed out completely, and the Uruguayan is looking more and more frustrated with the completely average service he is getting from their replacements.

Why Dalglish decided to unravel a combination that was working so well remains a mystery. His sudden loss of faith in his young players is strange too. Surely John Flanagan could’ve done no worse at right back then Martin Skrtel, who was found completely wanting by Gareth Bale. It came as no surprise then when a second yellow was produced, after the Slovak could do nothing but foul the Welshman to stem the flow of Spurs’ attacks.

Playing Stewart Downing’s on the right of midfield was questionable as well. It seems pointless having Carroll in the starting line up most of the time, but even more so when your best crosser of the ball is forced to cross with his weaker foot. Carroll is incapable of link up play so if he’s going to start he at least needs decent service.

After so much has been invested since January, is the manner of this 4-0 defeat really acceptable? Liverpool were toothless in their play, allowing Tottenham the time and space to do as they pleased. Kenny Dalglish has said that players will only be picked on merit, but the continued selection of Andy Carroll, Henderson and Adam proves that that’s just not the case.

It will become increasingly difficult for Liverpool to keep the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester City away from Suarez if this is the kind of performance they’re going to put out against a quality (but not even top quality) opposition?

After all, only a few weeks ago Tottenham were thrashed by Manchester United so how will Liverpool fair when they travel to Old Trafford, Etihad Stadium or Stamford Bridge?

Dalglish needs to make changes following this second straight defeat, because supporters and owners will only be patient for so long.

Carroll should be dropped outright from the squad. Liverpool need to accept he’s not going to get better, move on and give a spot on the bench to a promising youngster. Henderson should be dropped to the bench as well with Maxi replacing him. When he can prove that he deserves a starting place then he should be picked.

When Steven Gerrard is fit, Adam should be dropped straight away, but until then Dalglish should even considering recalling Jay Spearing now, because even though he’s not the most technically gifted midfielder he never gives the opposition a moments rest and is not as prone to catastrophic capitulation as Adam is.

Restoring the fluid combination of Kuyt, Suarez and Maxi, and replacing Meireles with Downing is the first step that Dalglish should take to restore the supporters confidence in him.

Carragher too has been afforded no small amount of unjustified lenience. His organizational skills are often harped on about, but where was that on Sunday? He failed to organize his defense, although that blame should be shared with Daglish. Considering the circumstances, Sebastian Coates did ok when he came on and perhaps it’s time for Dalglish to make a change to a defense that has kept a clean sheet just once in the last eight competitive fixtures.

The owners can’t be happy with the start Liverpool have had. Their side have dropped points against Sunderland and Stoke, two sides they should be beating, and now have been completely annihilated by Spurs.

Football is a business and businesses are all about results. So far, Liverpool’s haven’t been good enough, not when you consider how much has been invested in the squad over the Summer. Dalglish deserves time to get it right, but he needs to make changes.

No matter how patient and kind John Henry appears, at the end of the day top four is his target. He knows Liverpool won’t get anywhere near that if this kind of performance is repeated, or indeed if they can’t finish off their chances against Stoke. Henry is a fantastic owner, but he’s only been involved in football for a short amount of time.

Thus, he could not have known how bad Andy Carroll was and equally had to put his trust in Dalglish and Commoli when they wanted to bring in Henderson and Charlie Adam, ship out Alberto Aquilani and fail to put up a fight when Raul Meireles decided to leave.

You only have to look at how well Modric played to see that it doesn’t hurt making the extra effort to keep quality players in the side, even if they might have their sights set on pastures greener.

Commoli and Dalglish have to share the blame for these transfers mistakes. And Dalglish and Steve Clark need to hold their hands up for persisting with Henderson and Adam, and reverting back to starting with Carroll, when it had been so clear that the side play better without him.

It was a soul destroying result for the fans, the players and the manager; but the performance more so than the result is what hurts. It’s not the end of the world for Liverpool, but it is an eye opener to all of those who have persisted with blind faith in Dalglish, insisting that he can do no wrong.

In their first test against a quality side this season, Liverpool have failed miserably. Dalglish needs to acknowledge and fix the mistakes, which were so clearly highlighted in this game, otherwise when Liverpool face another side of equal or greater ability, things could get very, very ugly again.

Submitted by Liverpool Football Blog

 

68 Comments

68 Comments

  1. Ray

    September 20, 2011 at 9:28 am

    I couldn’t agree more. I love Dalglish to bits and worshipped him from the kop as a player/manager when I was a young lad. But that doesn’t make him ammune to be questioned.

    Is Adams miles better than Spearing as the author suggests? Not really.

    Why is Carroll always ahead of Kuyt or Craig? And why did we buy him in the first place?

    What evidence has Dalglish got that Henderson out of position is better than Maxi or Kuyt? Or even in position better than Spearing or Shelvey?

    Enrique, Craig and Downing have been sound buys. Doni, maybe, but we have stacks of keepers.

    Dalglish talks about rotation and it being acceptable, but where is his rotation for out form players (and that includes Carra).

    I could you the excuse that KD is out of touch with the game, but he has Clarke in his dug out.

    If it was my money being spent, I’d be asking questions.

  2. phillip Burkerhill

    September 20, 2011 at 9:28 am

    I think we have to write this off as a bad day at the office. Adam has been hit and miss same with Henderson but your article does not mention the football we played against Sunderland for an hour and if we played the same way against Stoke for 50 games we would win 49 and we were very unlucky. You also dont mention that players are still settling in and we need to give them some time. Carroll is more of a concern to me than Adam and Henderson and the other thing that concerns me is we dont have much creativity and letting Aquilanio and Meireles go seems a bit strange considering the options that remain. I think Kenny should consider giving Maxi a game and also Coates will hopefully be eased in as Carra is struggling. Kut and Suarez look a potent combination and while there are concerns i trust Kenny to get it right. We were not going to win the league after beating Arsenal and we are not doomed because we lost the other day. Strage these days that one result can make people react so quickly, if we have drawn or won you would be saying we are title contenders. Christmas will be the time to see where we are. Champoions league teams playing twice a week may give us an opportunity to get in the mix.

    • Martin Badger

      September 20, 2011 at 10:47 pm

      Good players don’t need time to settle in. Barnes didn’t. Keegan didn’t. Dalglish didn’t. Kun hasn’t. Either you can play or you can’t.

      • Xat

        September 20, 2011 at 11:03 pm

        Ronaldo took 2 reasons at united

        • Jason

          September 21, 2011 at 1:45 am

          Ronaldo was 17 when he came to United.

  3. Ray

    September 20, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Is Adams miles better than Spearing as the author suggests? Not really.

    I meant that Adams is not miles better as the author states.

    • DaveWestAus

      September 20, 2011 at 1:58 pm

      His name is ‘ADAM’

  4. Livmad

    September 20, 2011 at 9:52 am

    The author failed to mention Lucas, which was one of the worst-performers. Apart from Carragher and Skrtel (wrong position, should’ve been Flanagan), Lucas was just horrible. Coates should play regularly along Agger/Skrtel and Gerrard should play along side Adam or Spearing.

    • Sanjay

      September 20, 2011 at 10:54 am

      loll if lucas is not good so reina,gerrard,suarez also.

    • Dan

      September 20, 2011 at 12:24 pm

      Don’t know a lot about football do you, if Lucas wasn’t there it would have 7 – 0. Dude he has been asked to play a defensive role and he is defending for everyone including Adam who is incapable and Henderson who is also incapable, what do you expect from the guy

      • RoGue

        September 20, 2011 at 2:31 pm

        Douche ! At the moment, Lucas is the heart of our midfield and he has been for quite some time now.

      • Nivster

        September 20, 2011 at 5:59 pm

        Dan already said it. Lucas was covering the whole midfield practically by himself against Parker, Modric and with Ade dropping deep and then VDV.

    • Jim Mason Paddock Stand

      September 20, 2011 at 4:18 pm

      Lucas was our player of the season last season and is our best player, this season. If you want to compare him with Suarez, comparing what they do, Lucas is our defensive sitting midfielder and is doing a great job and as much as I love Suarez he has missed some sitters, Vs Stoke, Pen Vs Sunderland, so lets get behind the team we’ve played five games

  5. Brian

    September 20, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Great article, spot on ! Sorry Kenny, but the honeymoon period is over!Time to start getting back to basics. We are still in a better position than we were twelve months ago though.

  6. Jack

    September 20, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Was so dissapointed when Miereles went. Liverpool were showing signs of letting him go in the summer. You can’t blame him for wanting to go when he is not getting more games. Just look how the game changed against Arsenal when he came on to link up with Suarez. Its a no-brainer. Carroll could go down as the worst buy in Premiership history. Henderson looked like he was scared to touch the ball against spurs. Can’t believe so called experts ( Dalglish, Clarke and Commolli) can’t see all this.

    • TonyRich

      September 20, 2011 at 10:21 am

      Carroll the “worst buy in Premiership history”? Well, he is currently being trumped by the man he replaced…Torres…

      • Andy

        September 20, 2011 at 7:29 pm

        At least Torres is showing signs of becoming the player Chelsea thought they bought. Except for missing that sitter, he was excellent against Man Utd.

    • Jason

      September 20, 2011 at 11:48 am

      Yes, Meireles is the key creative players. As you can see, Liverpool had not score a single goal after Meireles went to Chelsea.

  7. DAVSPURS

    September 20, 2011 at 10:06 am

    You was doing well till you saud this team got Hammered by City and Utd no they never . The team who got hammered was one who was in turmoil with Modrics head on backwards one with players who where getting sold and one Missing King Ady Parker. These three and Modric in a better frame of mind are a different team and have won two scored 6 and conceded 0. This would be like us walloping Liverpool 4-0 with Gerrard Bellamy and Kuyt in your team. Yes KK made mistakes but so did you by saying City hammered this team and its them results that made Kk underestimate Spurs defense midfield and AttackKing Parker Modric with his new head Ady fantastic skill where the missing links just like Kelly Kuyt Gerrard Bellamy would have bean a harder task for Spurs. One word of comfort early results can tell a lie till the window is firmly shut a team cannot play too its true form Spurs early results masked a very good team who have a better squad after culling some good players d like Liverpool have some good younsters emerging with Sterling Flannagan Kelly Coady too name a few Spurs have some great first team squad Pienaar Huddlestone and Sandro Gallas Kranjcar Corluka Dosantos Bassong and youngsters Townsed Livermore Carrol Rose Falque Coulibaly Kane Bostock Caulker Fredericks.

    • Dan Mac

      September 20, 2011 at 10:51 am

      Davspurs… why do you hate punctuation?? you go on these massive rants that no one can make any bloody sense of!

    • chambers

      September 20, 2011 at 2:26 pm

      Must be dark down there with your head in the sand!

  8. TonyRich

    September 20, 2011 at 10:09 am

    As a Spurs fan, I appreciate your remark about Spurs being Liverpool’s first test against quality opposition – especially as they have already played against Arsenal! I don’t think that the signings were poor, just the team selection (although Henderson was rather pricey). Kuyt is one of Liverpool’s hardest working players, and should have started. If not starting, then he should have come off the bench – especially when down to 10 men. He would have played on the right, and would have curtailed Bale a bit. Plus I think that Adebayor came deep often, to make Liverpool’s midfield “advantage” insignificant. As for Charlie Adam, most would have described 1 goal, 2 assists in 5 games was very good from midfield (marred by 1 red…)

  9. Pete

    September 20, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Many viewed that the game at the weekend between Liverpool and Spurs were to prove Liverpool’s Premiership credentials, especially when considering how much they had spent in the last two transfer windows. However, since things hadn’t gone quite to plan the excuses have been rife. Since the defeat of Liverpool by Tottenham at the weekend, all the talk has been about how poor Liverpool were and that the tactics of Kenny Dalglish were the reason for their failures.

    I however want to offer a different view. If you watch the game from start to finish, Spurs were superior to their opposition in every department. The football was quick, slick and decisive with deft touches leaving Liverpool players chasing shadows for long periods of the game. And this was when Liverpool had 11 players on the pitch. As a consequence, the Liverpool players lunged in with clumsy late challenges time and time again which inevitably led to two sendings off. This has nothing to do with tactics or how poor Liverpool were, but how good Spurs played. They were superb – running rings around the opposition.

    The reason for Liverpool’s demise for a fifth consecutive game against Spurs is no coincidence. There is a gulf in class between the squads and the weekend has proved Tottenham’s Premiership credentials, not Liverpool’s!

  10. Denzil

    September 20, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Why is every one saying we should give the players time. I thought that is why KK bought english players, becuase they ar used to the PL. Look at Young, Adebayor, etc fitting into there teams immediately, Why is Liverpool looking for excuses. Damn, Saurez fit in better than the english players, just shows how Comoli and KK bought players of poor quality. Do not tel a dog he is a horse, Pls say it like it is. Our players are unfit, slow, clueless, no creativity and they are being spoiled and treated with kid-gloves. Kenny is trying to be a diplomat where he should be concentrating on getting the team game fit. They need to jack-up there training coaches, because our team runs 3 times slower than Tottenham and not to metntion Man U. Please liverpool, face the facts and do the work of getting our players focused, fit and make them creative. Do SOMETHING PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • pete

      September 21, 2011 at 2:20 am

      Spot on Denzil. According to apologists like John Aldridge, Carroll and Henderson need time but he is the same man who was blasting Aquilani for costing too much and doing nothing when he had been in England for less than a year.
      With Adam and Henderson you can say at least they have been here for 5 premiership games but Carroll has played a total of 14 competive games for Liverpool as well as the majority of the pre-season games but the talk is still about him not being fit which has me wondering if he can ever get fit. We will probably see Gerrard have a bigger impact after 6 months out than Carroll who has been playing since the July pre season games.
      Henderson on the other hand has turned out to be a square peg being forced into a round hole when asked to play as a right winger. Its very funny that u actually see him everywhere including the left wing than the right where he is supposed to be.
      I have noticed Henderson getting in the way of Lucas in central midfield who has had to tell him to hold his position a few times because he is leaving the right back exposed. Many team are targeting the weaker right sided areas as a result. Surely one would consider 10 goal Maxi of last season a better option on the right.
      I wonder what fans would be saying if it was Hodgson who bought Carroll, Adam and Henderson and played them ahead of better options while also repeating gifting Aquilani away and in a way forcing out Meireles.

  11. Sack the Juggler

    September 20, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Everton fans here with a few early impressions of this Liverpool side

    1) “early” impressions is right, you need to give the side time to settle down before you criticise them or the manager too much, having said that,

    2) Adams looked good in a poor Blackpool side, he looks average in a decent Liverpool side. You can’t afford to carry an average midfielder who can’t tackle.

    3) it was Comolli who bought Carroll, henderson, etc – he might have agreed them with Dalglish before signing on the dotted line, but Comolli bought the players and agreed the fee / wages. As squad players they are ok, but lets be honest, the price paid was for world class players – and they are not that, so probably wasted a few bob there that could have been spent more wisely?

    4) Although Dalglish didn’t buy them, he still needs to play them otherwise Jhn Henry will want to know why he has spent all that money. This puts pressure on Dalglish to stick with players who might not be either best for the team or for the formation.

    5) I think the stoke performance flattered to deceive, stoke sat back and defended in depth after going ahead, which allowed Liverpool to push forward in waves. The tactic worked for them, but don’t expect other teams to do the same when they go 1-0 up.

    6) Got to agree with the poster; kuyt is looking far sharper than carroll up front and he should have played from the off, start carroll against teams who defend deep (like Stoke)

    • TonyRich

      September 20, 2011 at 11:28 am

      We Spurs fans know Comolli well, and he claims too much power. He buys too many players in a short period of time (probably to jusify his position – if he signs no one, what is he there for?). This conflict of interest can be damaging – as it was to Spurs – despite it resulted in us acquiring Modric & Bale.

      • Jim Jameson

        September 20, 2011 at 1:23 pm

        ..and BAE!

    • Bomber25

      September 20, 2011 at 6:29 pm

      Part of Dalglish’s contract was that he had to have the final say over the signing of players. The signing of the Britissh players is all Dalglish’s doing. Why blame Comolli who was responsible for the signings of Suarez and Coates?

      • Andy

        September 20, 2011 at 7:36 pm

        Agree completely. Add to that, judging from what both of them said afterwards, it was entirely Dalglish’s decision to get rid of Aquilani as well. How he couldn’t find room in the team for Aquilani when Adam and Henderson are automatic starters is simply laughable.

  12. Greg

    September 20, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Reds back their team throiugh good and bad, regardless of the result, its a game at the end of the day that success in monetary terms will be the decisive factor on where we finish in the league, fact: the more oney teams spend the more successful they are, our net spend is still inferior to City, United, Chelsea.

    In Kenny we tust

    YNWA.

  13. abraham

    September 20, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    @livmad it is clear you dont know how to judge game play. Lucas was drawn all over the place to cover for the poor children of KK who he plays by entitlement instead of merit. KK said of aqua ‘ we couldnt fit him into the team’ but he could fit henderson! Now even a lame man knows bale wil beat any person for pace, so intelligent coaches double mark him but KK so intelligent could see this so bench kuyt who could do it and still play actively. We have a motivator, not a coach. We had a coach who wasnt motivational and we let him go! Motivation only wins when tactics is proper. Rafa is stil available wait for John Henry to see clearly! According to KK Comolli is strongly responsible for Suarez and Coates, not the average british men!

    • Bomber25

      September 20, 2011 at 6:31 pm

      Abraham,

      Very well said. I back up your points on the bad signings made by Dalglish. I hope he is sacked for his very narrow minded view on settling for very average to poor British players.

  14. Redsmail

    September 20, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Chill out everyone – Rome wasnt built in a day. Spurs result was awful but it was only one game. When you ship out deadwood like Kenny so successfully did and bring in decent new players, its going to take time to get them functioning right. Will we get there – who knows. Is Kenny the right man? Well we could still have Roy. The article makes good points, but points but on the evidence of largely one or two games. Lets have some realism. Not blind faith, just realism. Bet you all loved Carroll after the City game last year. So if we beat Wolves 5-0 and Henderson and Carroll both score (quite possible) we wont be world beaters like some will say. We arent rubbish either like some would have you believe.

    • chambers

      September 20, 2011 at 2:30 pm

      The whole point is in your “bring in decent new players”….Henderson we might live with for his age but Adam is excruciatingly being shown for the abject mediocrity that he is. Carroll has no interest outside of partying/drinking. The buys were deadwood in for some decent out!

  15. Dan

    September 20, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    These players were bought as the played in the PL etc etc. That’s why KK was saying he doesn’t want to buy foreign, so no excuses Adam is crap, Hendo is crap for the moment at least, we have no creativity in midfield poor Lucas is buggered defending for everyone in midfield as they can’t even get a foot in. Adam is ok for a squad player, Henderson needs to go out somewhere and get more games under his belt, Andy needs to join the reserves and hopefully he’ll score loads of goals and get some confidence back. We need to buy two or three real quality players – a really good creative midfielder has to be one and a striker at the minimum.

  16. Chri5jo

    September 20, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    i guess we have so many sofa managers who knows best. What teams do you manage? computer games do not count.

  17. Shannon

    September 20, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    That’s a long article!

  18. SQ

    September 20, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Actually, I want to bring you all back to the days when we scowl in protest over Purslow’s and Hodgson’s british policy and this 4-4-2 system that they tried to / did implement. I now get it totally!!! It was KD who was in the background that gave them that advise! I think its very clear now!!!! Gosh…go figure.

  19. badnews

    September 20, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    let me lay it down. first we need a lot of pace. hazard, affelay come to mind. second a good creative and fast attacking midfielder. christian eriksen or whatever his name is from ajax. a consistent center back with pace to burn. sell of adam to QPR. send out henderson to the reserve. sell carroll even if at a loss. sell skrtel to leeds utd.

    buy hazard for 30 m. cheaper than carroll and better. we need to start seeing raheem sterling, suso, morgan. etc. may be they might hav performed better. we need pace all over other wise man utd and city will tear us to pieces

    • chambers

      September 20, 2011 at 2:32 pm

      Get ready to be torn!

    • Bomber25

      September 20, 2011 at 6:33 pm

      Hodgson was bad, but, he was not as narrow minded as Dalglish in the signing of players.

  20. Andy

    September 20, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Will everyone calm down, Sunday was a day everything went against us, 2 red cards, an offside goal disallowed (it seems with the decisions we’ve been getting, apart from our opener at Arsenal, if that had been against us it would have counted) and an admitedly poor performance. But there is a huge over reaction here, remember whilst it was 10 v 11 it was still 1-0, would you have bet if we’d stayed at 10 men that Suarez wouldn’t have produced a moment of magic and bingo 1-1, would we have been complaining then? It’s all ine picking this player and that player but Skrtel was very good at right back against Bolton when he came on, so why drop him? Yes Bale is an outstanding talent but he could so easily have taken Flannigan to the cleaners and that could have destroyed the lads confidence. I’m not saying there are not issues but I trust Kenny. Some including the author need to remember the easiest place to manage from is in the stand, the armchair or the bar stool, Kenny has won far more than any of us will ever do, so show some respect

  21. Ynwa

    September 20, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    This is the situation, as it is NOW under KD.

    1- KD thinks that he can go back to the 70′s and 80′s, times, by buying british, after all we won four European Cups than, did we not?.

    2- Someone should tell KD that, we will NOT win anything nowadays, with that formula!.
    Players are more tacticly aware, excluding our three signings,of Adams,Henderson and Carroll,from this, as they are miles away from being tacticly minded, and HUGELY OVERATED and OVERPRICED!.

    3- The disgracefull selling of quality players, like AQUILANI and MEIRELES, and replaced by AVERAGE one’s in Adams and Henderson!

    So wake up KD, it is 2011 and NOT the 80′s, because if you don’t, we’ll end up worse than under Hodgson, wich I would have thought impossible, but with your current purchases, I regret to say, that it is looking more and more of becoming reality.

    • Bomber25

      September 20, 2011 at 6:36 pm

      Eventually, those British players will get Dalglish the sack and his once wonderful reputation dented. I can’t wait to see the back of him.

  22. DY

    September 20, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    I miss Benitez! With the support of the new owner he can really bring Liverpool to the top. With Benitez around Torres, Aquilani and Meireles will stay and the money spent on Downing, Henderson and Adam could get Suarez and Mata.

    • Bomber25

      September 20, 2011 at 6:37 pm

      DY,

      I miss Benitez too. Liverpool should go for a winner. His name is Jose Mourinho.

  23. Bomber25

    September 20, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    “Commoli and Dalglish have to share the blame for these transfers mistakes” No. Dalglish had the final say in the signing of all the British players as he was behaving like a man pocessed at the time. The signing of Suarez and Coates is down to Commoli. Dalglish is now realising his very expensive mistakes.

  24. ode

    September 20, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    pls can some one slap kk for me he’s sleepin than wenger an he shuld stop racist and put strugulin and strong players lik kuyt perin wit suarez and maxi we Nigerian fan wont to hav a say wit orthere club pls.

  25. jonjo

    September 20, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Knee jerk reaction…the curse of the modern game.

    Bar some bizzar ref decisions we would have 4 victories under our belt and 1 loss.

    also lets not forget that the ref was handing cards out to the reds like it was christmas. Also Spurs were only 1 up when the reds went down to 9 men.

    Kenny is the man to take us forward and not Rafa.

    The new owners could not work with Rafa as they are team players and Rafa isn’t. Lets face it Rafa wasted millions whilst in charge at Liverpool. Rafa has been found out, thats why he didn’t get the Villa (or any other )job.

  26. Septimus

    September 20, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Kenny Dalglish is being INDULGED in his NOSTALGIA tour.

    Kenny is trying to justify his purchases at the expense of results.
    This in turn demoralises players such as Kuyt Maxi Mereles (now gone) Aquilani.
    No one in Europe believes that Henderson, Adams,Carroll are in the same league as Mereles,Aquilani or Kuyt. its that simple

    Kenny’s buy British philosophy has not worked.

    No one is bigger than LFC that includes Dalglish and the entity that is Carragher whom whispers against Managers he doesn’t like.

    FSG are ruthless and if we don’t qualify for the champions league I don’t expect Kenny to be the manager next season.

    Kenny needs to drop Carragher more than any other player as his place is not warranted.

    • jonjo

      September 20, 2011 at 9:43 pm

      Knee jerk… you have not got a clue.

  27. bernard

    September 20, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    got a suggestion, come january swoop carrol with crouch. want height about the same.

  28. Imran

    September 20, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Usual rubbish dagger journalism without even the guts of putting a name to this article.

  29. cedric

    September 20, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    carrol shud be benched until he can prove himself.and selling quality players meireles style should not be that easy and simple.

  30. trev

    September 20, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    too much negativity. i hate this internet for this reason. every wanker has an opinion about my beloved lfc. we are supposed to be different than the rest, we give our managers time and more importantly loyalty. give it a rest , nobody likes the fact that we lost,terribly at that, but we must pull together and realise we are just at the start of a rebuilding job, kennys team last time round was fantastic,but they didnt gel instantly. so chin up and walk on.

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