The 63-year-old Scot and former Liverpool coach spent 13 years at Anfield as a player and a total of seven years at the club as manager leading the club to three First Division title wins, two FA Cup titles and the League Cup title. Dalglish remains the last man to lead Liverpool to an English league title win some 24 years ago in 1989/90.
However, his successor Brendan Rodgers now stands to take the Reds to their first Premier League title – the Merseyside giants have the title in their own hands with just four games remaining – if they win those four games, they will be crowned Premier League champions for the first time in the club’s history on May 11th.
Rodgers took over from Dalglish who returned to the club for the 2011/12 season but expressed his awe at the work the Northern Irishman has done at Anfield since arriving from Swansea in 2012.
“The results and the performances have been brilliant, the league table shows that. Brendan is the one who leads the club and the players. The players are the disciples. They have believed in what he has told them." he explained.
His comparison to the players as disciples is, whilst a huge statement, not untrue – Rodgers may not be the messiah but he has performed miracles on Merseyside this term. The coach has taken the club from seventh in the table last term to the summit in one fell swoop and, furthermore, the team are playing the most tenacious football of the Premier League era, in the best vein of form since that 1989/90 season under Dalglish.
“What has been great for me is that individuals are not getting carried away and aside from some great individual performances, they are a team. They believe in the team ethic and I think that is really important. When you do get a bit of success it is important to maintain that, and Liverpool have always been very humble winners,” he added.
Indeed Liverpool have not gotten carried away – although suggesting Rodgers is the footballing equivalent of Jesus Christ may not be within those parameters particularly – but the Reds have become the neutral’s favourite this term for their spirit and defiant conviction. They have kept their heads and held their nerves and now, with just four games to go, they look every bit title winners with their demigod on the Kop in Brendan Rodgers. It cannot be denied, in the words of John Lennon, at the moment Brendan Rodgers is probably more popular than Jesus around Anfield.