Kenny Dalglish has officially been handed the keys to the LFC managers office, on a permanent basis. King Kenny has signed a three-year contract it was announced this week, about blooming time. The job Kenny and his backroom staff have done since taking the reins in January has been remarkable, transforming an underperforming squad to a highly respectable fifth position with two games to play.
Dirk Kuyt has had his best season in front of goal for Liverpool, and he is coming off the back of scoring in five consecutive league games. Michael Owen was the last Liverpool player to achieve this back in 2001. Even Maxi has discovered his scoring boots since Kenny took over, scoring two hat-tricks recently. I never thought I would see one hat-trick from Maxi, let alone two.
Dalglish has also been brave enough and astute in bringing in the youngsters like Jay Spearing, Jack Robinson and John Flanaghan. These lads make Martin Kelly look like an experienced head. But to their credit they have performed magnificently, none more so than the recent game at Arsenal where all three played and didn’t look out-of-place.
Luis Suarez looks every bit a Liverpool legend in the making, and eases the loss of Fernando Torres, whose transfer to Chelsea seems all but a distant memory. Lucas has been inspired in the centre of the park, and we still have to see Andy Carroll hit top form yet.
Exciting times are ahead at Anfield, but those fans who are insisting on a title challenge next year are way off the mark. It will be a great achievement if Liverpool break back into the top four, its hard to see how we replace one of Man Utd, Arsenal, Chelsea and Man City.
No one can knock Kenny for his work this season, but moving Liverpool from 12th to 5th place is much easier than taking Liverpool from 5th place, into the top four. Just ask Aston Villa, Everton and Spurs. It’s like a fat man trying to lose weight, the first 3 or 4 stone is easy to lose, its reaching your target weight which is the real test.
It would be nice to finish fifth this year, and end on a high, but the real work for Dalglish and his team starts next year.