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Kenny Dalglish’s reputation will remain in tact – whatever happens

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On Saturday, January 8, 2011, Roy Hodgson’s brief and disappointing tenure as Liverpool manager came to an end.

For many Reds fans, this day couldn’t have come quick enough, even if it was on the eve of the biggest match of the season so far, an FA Cup third round tie away at Manchester United.

So who would be willing to take over the reins and be faced with the unenviable task of trying to revive Liverpool’s fortunes? Step forward none other than Kenneth Mathieson Dalglish, or ‘King Kenny’ to those on the Kop.

Okay, maybe you should never go back and Kevin Keegan’s second spell in charge proved this theory correct. But Dalglish is something special and to those who worship him, the greatest player in the club’s history surely has nothing to lose?

Regardless of what happens between now and the end of the season, his stock will not fall to such an extent that fans will turn against him considering the part he has played in the club’s greatest period during the 1970s and 1980s.

In addition to this, his family’s role as chief counselors to fans in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster will never be forgotten and just one of the many reasons why there will simply no greater servant to the club (besides Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley of course).

Despite Sunday’s result at Old Trafford, there is a renewed optimism amongst the ranks and the belief that Liverpool can turn their season around starting on Wednesday at Blackpool. Victory against Ian Holloway’s men would go some way to restoring confidence before a showdown against local rivals Everton this weekend where the atmosphere inside Anfield will surely be at its best for Dalglish’s first home game back in charge.

Liverpool may have lost on Sunday, but hopefully a bigger victory will be gained in the renaissance of a club who once dominated English football. The road ahead may be bumpy, but long-term stabilisation will surely be gained with ‘The King’ reigning from his Anfield throne.

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