Next season everything will fall into place for Liverpool

Posted: May 16, 2011 in Football Blogs, Liverpool, Premier League
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“The King has returned”- sorry to disappoint, but I’m not referring to Elvis, I’m talking about Kop Hero Kenny Dalglish. The Scot signed a three year deal last week (along with assistant Steve Clark), after months of fans and pundits calling for Kenny’s homecoming to be made permanent, more than 20 years after he vacated the seat. After what can only be described, by Liverpool’s standards, as a disastrous beginning to the Premier League season under Roy Hodgson’s tenure, Dalglish took over in January and turned the Merseyside outfit’s fortunes right around.

It is crucial for a manager to have the admiration and respect of not only the players but the fans too, and that is quite clearly there for all to see. A united dressing room has been the main achievement by the Scot, “The atmosphere surrounding the club has been transformed by his presence,” (Owner John Henry). The lack of team spirit under Hodgson’s tenure was more obvious than the sexual tension between the Sky Sports News presenters, but since King Kenny’s return there is a new sense of optimism and togetherness around Anfield, a key ingredient in any form or success, and one which will no doubt be essential next season if Liverpool are to recapture the glory days.

There are constant rumours circulating that Liverpool will embark on a huge summer spending spree, as the new owners and Dalglish look to make the club their own. With such promising youngsters who, under Kenny’s management, have been given valuable advice and experience, is a spree really needed? In my honest opinion I would argue that a Manchester City style spend is not required but a couple of additions wouldn’t go amiss. Sotirios Kyrgiakos is not of a high enough standard to be back up to Martin Skrtel and Liverpool stalwart Jamie Carragher, and no doubt Dalglish will look to bolster his side with a few squad players; other than that Liverpool definitely have a well balanced and strong squad to be challenging on all domestic fronts next season.

Liverpool’s success next season really depends on them not qualifying for the fifth place booby prize that is the Europa League. Thursday nights in eastern Europe playing obscure teams won’t benefit a team of Liverpool’s standing; a team with such an illustrious European history should be hosting Barcelona, not Slaven Koprivnica. If Liverpool can solely concentrate on the Premier League and regaining their top four status, which, if the current momentum builds is a very likely possibility, then being in the top four will only serve to be a platform for greater things.

Watch this space.

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