Gerrard reveals key to Dalglish’s 'special' success

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Steven Gerrard believes Kenny Dalglish has the qualities to be very successful at Liverpool, as the manager prepares for his first summer transfer period with the Anfield club.

"It’s his qualities as a human being that make him a special manager,” Gerrard told the Liverpool Echo.

“Every player knows that his door is always open whatever problem you have.

"But that doesn’t mean he’s too soft - the opposite in fact.

"If he’s unhappy he’ll let you know about it.

“His management skills are second to none because he knows when someone needs an arm around them and understands when someone needs a rollicking as well.”


Gerrard has a fair idea of how managers should behave at Liverpool; the 31-year-old is a rare one club man, at Liverpool for 14 years and counting.

While Gerrard was injured for a portion of the last season, he witnessed from the sidelines Dalglish’s ability to turn Liverpool around from have a disappointing season, to finishing within five points of pipping Tottenham for fifth place and Europa League participation.

And the Liverpool captain believes that the club now has the winning formula to challenge current League leaders Manchester United.

“A new manager comes in, he puts a load of belief and confidence into the players, he brings a different coach and training changes, the players enjoy the sessions and the fans are delighted with Kenny coming back,” Gerrard said.

“Now the structure of the club from top to bottom seems to be right. The new owners are making the right decisions.

“They’ve put Damien [Comolli] as a director of football, which is a good appointment. Ian Ayre is the new MD - again positive.

“And Kenny’s back too and he’s Liverpool through and through. It feels more like a solid structure and it feels more like Liverpool.

“People are only talking about the new team now, which is the way it should be for me.”

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