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Liverpool: Untangling and cleaning up Kenny Dalglish's mess

What an absolute disaster Kenny Dalglish was as boss is really coming home to roost.

Brendan Rodgers has it tough this summer at Liverpool, that much is evident.

He is so busy attempting to repair and untangle the mess left by Kenny Dalglish that it is really taking over his priorities.

If any fans still feel that the Scot should not have been sacked, we'd love to hear their defence of the deposed manager.

Dalglish wasted millions on sub-standard players, and it is looking more and more like a missed opportunity. FSG were right to sack him to stop him pouring more of their money down the drain.

Whether Rodgers is the right man to restore glory days to Anfield time will tell, but his job is being made that much more tougher in the short term by dealing with Dalglish's flops.

Among them is Andy Carroll, the £35 million striker who seemingly does not fit into the plans of the new boss. Convincing the owners to agree to taking such a huge financial loss on the player remains a big challenge for the manager.

If he is able to achieve it then it says everything about how forcefully he is attempting to implement his ideals, and should be commended for it.

Among his challenges? Bring back into the fold talented footballers who Dalglish managed to outcast. Alberto Aquilani and Joe Cole are among them, genuinely talented players who can still contribute to Liverpool Football Club.

The poor treatment handed out to Dirk Kuyt and Maxi Rodriguez led to both quitting the club, meaning the manager must go out and replace them.

Then there is the future of Stewart Downing and Charlie Adam, players few fans believe are good enough to wear the shirt. It seems regardless that Liverpool are stuck with them for the foreseeable.

The manager says he is keen to work with Jordan Henderson, who has age on his side to improve, and may yet prove to be a good, if expensive signing for the club.

Liverpool's problems are far from all down to Kenny Dalglish; the players must bear their responsibility too, and the former manager inherited his own issues himself.

When he came in he took on a team in disastrous form under Roy Hodgson, who followed a very poor last year from Rafa Benitez, while the club had just emerged from the Gillette and Hicks ownership saga.

But the amount of money wasted by Dalglish and technical director Damien Comolli will go down in modern Liverpool history as a bust, a lost opportunity that took them backwards when it should have taken them into the title race.

This summer the club have far from the big budget available it did this time last year, and is having to sell almost as much as it buys. Last season's transfer funds are unlikely to come again on such a scale, even in future seasons. With the club moving forward, that is what frustrates fans, seeing it wasted so badly.

Time is on Brendan Rodgers side, he has had a whole summer to assess and plan his activity, and has six weeks left until the transfer window closes. The scale of the task ahead of him is one he is so far handling well, saying all the right things and making the correct moves.

Fabio Borini is a clever addition, and if Carroll leaves, expect the money to be reinvested wisely, with Theo Walcott a popular name linked, Expect two or three new additions still to come, and there may yet be extra surprise outgoings yet.

What are your views now on Dalglish's reign and the challenges ahead?

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