Former Liverpool midfielder Nigel Spackman says that Kenny Dalglish has what it takes to lead the Merseyside club to challenge for honours once more.
The 50-year-old, who was signed by Dalglish in 1987 and won the title with Liverpool in 1988, knows first hand how Dalglish performs as a manager.
After Dalglish took over Liverpool again in January, a dramatic turn in results took place, with the club going from mid table to challenging for European qualification. Spackman insists that Dalglish worked as a collective with first team coach Steve Clarke and assistant manager Sammy Lee to create a side that took on a winning mentality for the first time in 18 months.
"Kenny has to take a lot of the credit," Spackman told BBC Radio in Liverpool.
"Along with Steve Clarke and Sammy Lee for putting the confidence back in the team and getting them playing a good style of football which has produced plenty of goals.
"We saw a fantastic match towards the end of the season at Fulham, where Liverpool were absolutely outstanding and that was without Steven Gerrard.
"I just think that the younger players have found their feet and the competition for places will be that much better this season."
Spackman is excited, like any Liverpool fan, over the transfer targets surrounding the Merseyside club this summer, and the former star says Dalglish will go the right way about bringing the best signings to Anfield.
"All the speculation about who's coming and who's going, makes the season ahead so exciting," Spackman said.
"Kenny likes to do things on the quiet and let everyone know what's happening when it's done to keep the pressure off people."