Former Anfield hero worried about the future of Merseyside club’s top talents.
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Until the last couple of days, though, I do not think anyone saw this coming because there was a feeling that Kenny had done enough to earn another year.
If the owners had backed him and allowed him to bring in a couple of players in, then Kenny would have been confident in being able to progress the team.
But my concern is that Liverpool will face a problem in keeping hold of their best players now that Kenny has gone. In my opinion, the likes of Luis Suárez, Pepe Reina, Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger would be more likely to stay at the club under
Kenny Dalglish than anybody else.
Throughout last season, it was clear that the players were 100 per cent behind Kenny and, when a manager goes, it always leads to uncertainty and confusion.
Alan Hansen may well be right to worry about the uncertain footing that Kenny Dalglish’s sacking leaves Liverpool in but indeed a lot could depend on who the club’s owners bring in to replace the Scot.
The Anfield side had a very poor Premier League campaign and even if Kenny Dalglish was still in post there would still be the very real fear that some of the club’s top talents would be lured away from Merseyside due to a third successive season out of the Champions League picture.
Perhaps the most worrying aspect, and maybe the reason why Messrs Henry & Werner opted to act as they did, is that Liverpool have moved backwards and not forwards. Last term represented the club’s worst top flight finish in over 50 years and any other manager would have been sacked some weeks earlier but clearly Dalglish’s reputation and standing at the club may have made such a decision subject to a delay.
The four players mentioned by this source, and perhaps one or two others, may feel that the club is sliding into a prolonged crisis and as such interest in their services may be acted upon. In many ways the decision to act swiftly could in the long term steady the ship, this is of course heavily dependent on how soon an appointment is made and how well respected the incoming boss is.
Hansen knows better than most how Liverpool run as an organization. Knee-jerk reactions are certainly not the norm and perhaps in another era Dalglish would’ve been given more time but the game has changed and the Fenway Sports Group decided the time was right to draw a line under the former regime, having sacked many others at the club the manager was always likely to follow, and start afresh ahead of a new campaign.