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Bolo Zenden: My Departure Caused Liverpool’s Downfall

by Jack Atchinson

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But the Stadium of Light striker is impressed by their return to form.

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Sunderland midfielder Bolo Zenden believes his departure from Liverpool caused the downturn in fortunes at the Merseyside club.

The 34-year-old enjoyed two seasons at Anfield where he won the FA Cup and was a losing finalist in the Champions League in 2007.

Liverpool failed to finish in the top four last season, missing out on qualifying for Europe’s top competition, and fortunes did not improve at the start of this campaign.

But the former Dutch international is impressed by how quickly Kop idol Kenny Dalglish has turned around the club’s fortunes in such a short period of time.

“When I was there it was not too bad,” Zenden said. “There was no instability.

“I played in the Champions League final and because I left, everything collapsed after that.”

“When I was there everything was fine and we even got in the top four. But in the last year when Rafa Benitez left and Roy Hodgson came in, it seemed everything went a bit wrong.

“Every week there was talk of a takeover and then no takeover until finally the new owners came in, but obviously that affected the players.

“Then there was all the talk of a new stadium and although the first stone should have been laid two or three years ago, it has still not moved forward.

“It was in turmoil. That is why the results suffered, King Kenny has come in and Liverpool are playing again. The win over Manchester United will have given them a really positive vibe but we want to bring them down to earth.”

“To be able to come in and change things around in such a short space of time is already an amazing achievement. That is down to Dalglish and it has been impressive to see.”

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