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Why Kenny Dalglish Has To Go…

Kenny Dalglish’s failure to challenge for Champions League qualification, his tactical naivety and his failure to get results means Liverpool need to sack him

Kenny Dalglish

King Kenny - Time to say goodbye?

Liverpool’s 2-0 defeat against Newcastle epitomizes their season; early promise, inability to score, supposed unlucky decisions, the failure of big name signings but ultimately it told the fans what they already knew; Liverpool are simply not good enough under Kenny Dalglish.

The defeat left them a point below Everton, and at the moment it is hard to see Liverpool regaining their title as the top team on Merseyside let alone England. In their last twelve games, they have amassed the measly total of eight points and find themselves on their worst run in 59 years; in 2012 only Wolves have won less points in the Premier League.

One of the reasons for Liverpool’s failure this season is undoubtedly their lack of creativity and goals. So far this campaign has produced a pitiful 36 goals in 31 games; at the same time in 2010 they had 41 and in 2009 had scored 53. Dalglish has been far too negative, and his side lack cutting edge in the final third. They have the highest number of successful passes in the oppositions half per goal at a 105, compare this to the 48 of Manchester City and the problems are clear; a lot of pretty passing but no end result.

Dalglish’s tactics are undoubtedly the reason for this. His decision to chop and change from a 4-4-2 to a 4-3-3 every other game means Liverpool have no footballing identity, no way of playing that produces consistent performances. In addition, Dalglish is too negative, playing five defenders at Anfield to a Stoke side who have scored eight goals away from home, shows how out of touch he is with the modern game. His rightful status as a Liverpool legend who won seven league titles as a player and three in a previous spell as manager is the only thing keeping him in the job.

But sentiment has no place at a club that has not won the title for twenty-two years. Dalglish’s record is not good enough for a club that should be challenging for league titles not top half finishes. In his first full season Liverpool have a total of 42 points after 31 games at an average of 1.35 points per game. The man who John Henry sacked, Roy Hodgson, had a similar record at 1.25 points per game and without the financial backing Dalglish has enjoyed, in fact overall, Hodgson made £6 million pounds profit in his transfer dealings. In stark contrast Dalglish has spent £104.5 million on Adam, Carroll, Downing, Enrique, Henderson and Suarez.

Except Suarez and Enrique the other four singings have been flops and expensive ones. The responsibility has to fall at Dalglish’s feet and his inability to get the best from them. Stewart Downing in a below average Villa side last season scored 7 and created 9 goals; at Liverpool his return has been just 3 assists and 2 goals. Likewise, Adam last season, at Blackpool scored 9; under Dalglish he has only scored 2. And the biggest outlay, Andy Carroll, at 35 million has only netted six times this season, when he scored 12 in three months for Newcastle. Overall Dalglish has turned average players into bad one’s, that if sold now would not recoup even half what was paid for them.

What improvement have Liverpool fan’s seen under Dalglish then? The most avid Dalglish fans will point to the League Cup triumph at Wembley over Cardiff, and the impending semi-final in the F.A Cup. But the minimum expectation this season, with the amount of money spent, must have been to mount a realistic challenge for Champions League qualification. In a season where Arsenal and Chelsea have been below par Liverpool and their new signings have failed to capitalize and now lie a staggering 16 points behind fourth placed Spurs.

Dalglish’s failure to even challenge for Champions League qualification, his tactical naivety, his failure to create a footballing identity, and ultimately his failure to get results means he has to go if Liverpool are to have any chance of qualifying for the Champions League next season.

What do you think? Is it time for King Kenny to go? Get involved in the comments section….



  1. Chambers

    April 4, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Deja-vu it seems. I was against KD being established in a permanent role last year. He really is NOT the man for the job and LFC are now facing an “egg on their faces” situation come Summer. It is hoped that FSG are business-like about this and have talks with KD so that an amicable resolution is found. The club at this moment is going in onbe way only – down the table to mediocrity.

  2. Sean Alexander

    April 4, 2012 at 9:33 am

    I’m not even going to read this article due to its title. Liverpool are a laugh at the moment. This is a real real low point and Kenny has a lot to answer for.
    He is constantly sticking up for the players in the media and I hope to hell he is not doing this behind the scenes as it appears a few of them could be doing with a kick up the arse.

    Kenny got a rid of a lot of guff that will never amount to anything, he has brought in potential, good but under performing players, he has bought about 5 youngsters.

    Instant success wont happen, its taken Man City 4 years with all the money in the world.

    Kenny deserves another season to get the wrongs of this season rite.

    • Jo

      April 7, 2012 at 11:47 pm

      I would agree with you. I am appalled at the lack of commitment from many players this season. Carroll has been a disaster. Dirk Kuyt is worth ten of him when it comes to commitment. And I know Gerrard has had injuries but in recent years I’ve wondered about his commitment too. Sometimes it feels like he’s just strolling around and not working hard at all. The glimpes of the Gerrard we know are good to see but we don’t see the real Gerrard often enough and he is a vital link. A good manager is important but we should not forget it is up to players to deliver. For me managers carry the can too often these days while the players, who earn tens of thousands a week, never seem to be in the firing line. I’m not sure that’s reasonable. I’d give Kenny at least another season but I agree with you: he needs to start kicking backsides.

  3. Bill

    April 4, 2012 at 9:56 am

    You idiots who expect instant success make me sick.

    We were forced to buy English players because of the new rules, but the best had been swept up by the likes of City and Manure, then we have The traitors Torres and Mierelis forcing through transfers on the last day after us buying Suarez to link up with them. Buying Carroll was a mistake but was the only striker available in the last hours before the deadline and the only striker we had was Kuyt.

    We them lose Gerard for most of the season, and Lucas for the rest of it with nobody to cover, we then lose Agger and are left with a team of misfits, and unfortunately you can’t make silk from sows ears. I’m sorry Devanney1 even your hero Ferguson couldn’t do anything with the trash that Comolli bought. and this article is rubbish too.

    • seano

      April 4, 2012 at 11:18 am

      KD an Comolli banked on the buy British policy and it failed.You buy average players you get average performances.This however does not detract from KD’s poor tactical acumen and stubborn approach.You buy players based on how they performed for their previous squads in their prefered positions.You then let them play in completely different roles for LFC and you ask why they dnt perform.Combined with poor tactics,suspect team selection and puzzling formations what do you expect?Not forgetting you spent over R 100 mil – please if this was anyone else other than Kenny you would have called the cab – time for sentiment is over – we are 34 points from 1st place 20 points from last.Swansea,Sunderland and a host of others snapping at our heels.Everton with a net spend of ? ahead of us ? And you want to give it another season?For what ? Adam to grow some pace and be the next Alonso,Hendo all of a sudden develops into Xavi or Iniesta and Downing gets enough skill to beat a player or maybe for Kenny to realise that the modern game is not just about speeches and wiping underperforming players noses and stroking their ego’s

  4. Yheenkhar

    April 4, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Kenny has dipped our pride in the mud,giving another season as a chance is a great risk.don’t you think giving Roy a chance wil even be a good bet,kenny spent over hundred million and no result. It so obvious that he has nothing to offer 8points in 12games,on what ratio? Approximately 1:4. Don’t be sentimental, kenny do not know the right right team selection,always wrong and late subtitution, his reaction always show that he is confused, he should accept that,not that he should be living past glory.

  5. mozo

    April 4, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Dalglish should please respet himself and just step down. With all due respect he is just clueless and has lost it so he should just leave.

    • alex

      April 4, 2012 at 11:06 am


  6. na

    April 4, 2012 at 10:46 am

    I am a big liverpool fan, but kenny needs to go. Why would you spend over a 100m to play long air balls. when the best players in the world and clubs love to keep the ball on the floor and it WORKS for them.
    ENGLISH Player in hole right now far from good on the pitch and to watch but i will love to this change. liverpool need to use they young boys and mix it up little. They need skill full player

  7. dera

    April 4, 2012 at 10:49 am

    i have being a liverpool fan all my life bt hav neva seen d great club i love dis way….lets cut the sentiments dalglish is our hero and dats dat. Our team play lyk thrash, his signings re awful apart frm suarez and enrique. Time for a change lads….against asto villa if we eventually lose dat match his faith will be sealed irrespective of the carling cup nd d F.A cup sucesses

  8. Caleb mark

    April 4, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Kenny just respect ur self u resign pls n d job should be gven 2 our reserve team coach just how pep of baca came 2 be.n he coached d lyks of messi n co.

  9. Ayeni Babatunde Desmond

    April 4, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Yes, kenny has to go becos we are tired of losing to lesser team

  10. Andy

    April 4, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Downing is the best winger in the country right now! And if hendo doesnt partner stevie g in the middle of the park for england it would be pointless going to the EUROS! Kenny for england! Raheem sterling and suso need a run arounf un the lfc team too!

  11. Andy

    April 4, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Downing is the best winger in the country right now! And if hendo doesnt partner stevie g in the middle of the park for england it would be pointless going to the EUROS!

    Kenny for england!

    Raheem sterling and suso need a run around in the lfc team too!

  12. Kop Namesta

    April 4, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    KD is the greatest disappointment in my 40 years as a Liverpool supporter. He must admit his shortcomings and out of touch with modern football. Please be honorable and leave and let the Club start all over again. I plead Henry to bring in a real world class manager, PLEASE.

  13. Chan

    April 4, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    To KD and his fans (KD fans not LFC fans lets be clear), they seems to conveniently forget that the 2 teams above us Everton and Newcastle, spent less and archieve much more.

    Everton spent 5.5 mill compared to well over 100 mill with LFC and the tresult is…

    Newacstle actually bought half of their team with Andy Carroll’s money and they are 11 points ahead and actually fighting for 4th.

    For the KD brigade what instant success are you talking about. Its not that Kd was expected to finish as champions but 100 mill in return for 4th is not unreasonable no? Look at the team that just beat us on the weekend.

    Each passing game shows KD offers nothing as manager not even hope of progress. His best defense is that we won the CC. Well Birmingham won it last year and we all know what happen to them. 100 mill for one at most 2 cups? ou have got to be kidding me. The players are confuse as they utterly fail to understand KD tactics and if you are one of them you would not be motivated either. This is because for his flops (stand up Henderson, Carroll, Adam, Downing) they would know they would get pick week in week out (except for injuries, suspension) no matter how bad they as KD’s ego would not have any other way. For those whom he in herited and do played well (Kuyt, Maxi) no matter how well they played well no guarantees. Where is the motivation then?

    If KD likes to show patience to players as to his flops, why discard Cole, Aqualani, Meireless at the first instance? Cole is doing well in France. Are you saying those 3 are worse then Henderson, Adams and Downing?

    I do not expect KD to be honorable as his conduct for the whole season shows his ego is more important than that of the club.

    It is often said that KD unites the fans as we ALL wants him here. Well this is the biggest myth, not all of us, just a few vocals one.

    FSG must wake up to this and act decisively before its too late, SACK KD NOW, to protect your investment, the legacy of this great club and its future.


    • Anand Raj

      April 4, 2012 at 5:59 pm

      Agree we should not let MEireles & Aquilani go!

  14. GB

    April 4, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Some idiots argue that fans want instant success. Ok,let’s say it is not right to expect “instant success” but then it is not right either to have such massive failure after having spent that much of money in ‘improving’ the team. If Kenny can not give instant success,I agree to give him time but what about the last 8 matches???The team has been going from bad to worse in 8 matches,is this something acceptable?Can we give him more time in this context?Will we go further down the table if we persist with Kenny?

    • Chan

      April 5, 2012 at 7:31 am

      The fact is at any other club or any other job for that matter, after having spent 113 mill with such disastarous result, KD would long had been sacked.

      I notices that the KD fans (again not to be confused with LFC fans) only defense of him is that he was a great player and just becuase of that we should get off his back. The question of accountability to the club and the fans does not come into mibd at all.

  15. Yaseen

    April 4, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Liverpool needed martin oniel.. He would have done much better than anyone else. And he wouldnt have done it without having to spend a cent.

  16. Anand Raj

    April 4, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Take Carrol,Adam & Handerson out from Liverpool & bring Europe players. We need player such as Alonso & MAcherano.Prefer David Villa or Fernando Lorente pls

  17. Anand Raj

    April 4, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Carrol have no respect to Liverpool & KD. How you expect him to score??

  18. segun

    April 23, 2012 at 4:20 am

    So KD can still be relaxed with these last result, I’m not a KD fan or supporter, a full lfc ‘s supporter is who i am, but kd can see his lineup is not resulting in success, why not try something better than benching the likes of kuyt, bellamy, maxi, and give out carrol to any team in need of him. I hope u know what it feels like to see a team of great history to be drag in shame and disgrace all around the league. Imagine today’s result in anfield lfc 0-1 wb, very painful result even today that I was celebrating an extra year in age

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