Kenny Dalglish's second spell at Liverpool split fans like no other, but with the Reds taking an early place at the top of the Premier League table, just over a year on it's clear to see sacking him did the club no harm.
It's often forgotten or dismissed that Dalglish won a trophy in his short time in charge at the club, a penalty shootout win over Cardiff City in the League Cup Final.
Given their struggle to see off then Championship opposition it was a little of an underwhelming occasion, but it should not be forgotten they beat that season's champions Manchester City over the two legs to get there.
However Dalglish's second stint will forever be tainted by several expensive and poor signings, including £35 million Andy Carroll. A further hefty investment in the now sold duo of Stewart Downing and Charlie Adam also looks poor, while Jordan Henderson is only now coming good.
Brendan Rodgers has done his best to get rid of many of Dalglish's mistakes, and it's clear to say the club have very much moved in a different direction, with Dalglish's second Premier League season in charge an uninspiring one in terms of football and results.
The Scotsman has today been defending his time in charge, telling The Mirror:
"People will turn around and say we finished eighth in the league, but how many points would you swap for three Wembley trips? That League Cup was a trophy for Liverpool Football Club. I don't see that as anything but a positive. It's always pleasant to get a winner's medal.
"It might be more rewarding to qualify in Europe after finishing fourth, but who remembers that game when you finished fourth to get there? Winning a Cup final against Cardiff at Wembley and walking away with the Carling Cup was a day to remember."
Dalglish is clearly just defending his record here, and stating his achievements as he sees it. Conveniently he makes no mention of Carroll and co.
To take another spin on his comments, it is accurate to say that Dalglish feels his Liverpool side were more rewarding to watch and experience for fans of Arsenal, who have not won any trophies for eight years but routinely qualify for fourth.
The Gunners were criticised for celebrating like they had won a trophy at St James Park last season, perhaps wrongly, but Dalglish's assertion that it did not matter and was as not rewarding enough for the players and staff as lifting a cup is open to debate.
Let us know what you think of Dalglish's comments? Would any Arsenal fans swap finishing fourth for a Capital One Cup win?
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