Liverpool legend John Barnes has been delighted with the impact made by Kenny Dalglish since his return to Anfield, saying the combination of an attractive brand of free-flowing football, twinned with some impressive results has meant the Reds can once again be regarded as a force to be reckoned with.
The fiery Scot is, according to Barnes, showing just why supporters are hailing him as the man to bring the glory years back to Merseyside - and attributes the fear-factor installed at the club as a reason they can be successful.
"Liverpool are now playing with the right passion, determination and spirit," said Barnes. "With Kenny in charge everyone is pulling in the right direction and that's what you need to be successful.
"You need everyone, including the fans and the board, to be 100 per cent behind the manager. They are, and the players have responded to that with their performances."
"There has to be a fear factor there. A manager needs that kind of respect and power, and Kenny commands that at Liverpool."
The Reds have been very active in the transfer market since the return of 'King' Kenny - and Barnes is confident that the squad assembled by Liverpool's prodigal son, is strong enough to return the club to the UEFA Champions League next year.
"I don't think Liverpool will win the league but I certainly think they will be in the top four," he continued. "Kenny has made signings not just for the present but for the future.
"That's important as you need continuity. If you keep changing players you'll never get anywhere. Now there are a lot of players in the squad who will be around for a long time and that has to be good.
"Next season young players like Andy Carroll and Jordan Henderson will be a year more experienced and with greater consistency of performances Liverpool can challenge for the title.
"I think Kenny can bring the title back to Anfield - everyone has got faith in him."
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