A Liverpool fan's perspective on Kenny Dalglish's comments

Kenny Dalglish

The former Reds' boss has claimed that his side performed beyond expectations by getting to two cup finals in a season and winning one.

Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish has said that his side performed beyond expectations by getting to Wembley three times in a season and delivering a trophy.

From a fans' perspective days out at Wembley and winning trophies are the days that really stick in your mind, but unfortunately for Kenny, the fact that getting into the Champions League has become holy grail like has cost him the chance of leading Liverpool into the competition.

For all that Dalglish is right, winning one trophy and making it to the final of another in one season is a pretty impressive feat.

There were countless times Liverpool hit the woodwork that season, I don’t think I’ve seen a side hit the woodwork so often and not be rewarded for some of their attacking play - that's just bad luck, but you can’t get away from the some of the poorer performances. Newcastle away when Liverpool lost 2-0 seems to stick in the mind, as does the trip to Sunderland when the wheels really started to fall off in the league and any hopes of Champions League qualification.

There is also the some of the signings made whilst he was manager. Luis Suarez has undoubtedly been a success despite some of his behavioural issues, whilst Jordan Henderson seems to be becoming a more essential player with every game he plays under Brendan Rodgers.

Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing and Charlie Adam didn’t have the most successful of times in a red shirt and were moved on by Rodgers.

Yet when Dalglish returned to the club as manager, he was given the job of a steadying a ship that was repeatedly rocked by Roy Hodgson, ironically brought in to ‘steady the ship,’ Dalglish did that and during that time probably performed beyond expectations with a sixth placed finish.

Would I have swapped that cup run for a shot in the Champions League? In terms of memories they both provide some wonderful stories for a fan to tell the next generation, but I know that the longer Liverpool are not in the Champions League, the harder it will be to get back in.

Either way, no-one should ever think less of Kenny Dalglish for those comments, and should welcome him on to the Kop for a home match if he wishes. He was at the club with the philosophy ‘Liverpool Football Club exists to win trophies’ and on that front, he delivered. And no-one should think he isn't behind Brendan Rodgers, because at the end of the day, he wants anyone who is manager of the club to succeed. 

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