Liverpool's principal owner John Henry admits Kenny Dalglish's transformation of their on-field fortunes is exactly what he hoped for when he chose to appoint the Scot as manager.
Henry was happy the 59-year-old, winner of three titles in his previous spell as manager and the last Reds boss to bring the championship to Anfield, had introduced a more positive style in keeping with his - and the club's - ideals.
"I know for a long time now he has wanted to be in this position so it is a great thing for the club, for Kenny, for us," said Henry.
The American admitted the tactics of previous manager Roy Hodgson, who was appointed by the previous regime three months before Fenway Sports Group completed their £300million October takeover, had not been the Liverpool way, and that was why they took the decision to dispense with his services last month.
"The philosophy we were playing under didn't seem to suit the club and we knew we had to make a change," said Henry, speaking before Liverpool beat Chelsea.
"We knew we wanted to change the type of football we were playing, we wanted to move to a much more positive pass-and-move philosophy.
"We also knew we wanted to have a caretaker so to speak, we didn't want to be forced into an immediate decision. I talked with Kenny about it and said we needed someone to come in for six months and stabilise the club on the field and the club in general.
"But I can't imagine how anyone can be more beloved by fans, not just for what he accomplished on the field but off the field through some very difficult times for the club and supporters (a reference to the 1989 Hillsborough disaster)."
Henry has already hinted that Dalglish, back in charge at Anfield 20 years after he left the post, has a chance of assuming the role on a permanent basis.
The win at Stamford Bridge, Liverpool's fourth in succession, has lifted the club to sixth - their highest position of the season - and there is a growing belief they could make a late charge for Champions League qualification.
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