Dalglish's anti-technical tactics revealed
Liverpool – Gary Gillespie explains how Kenny Dalglish was so successful in the 1980s
1980s Liverpool star Gary Gillespie has revealed that when Kenny Dalglish managed the Reds the first time around, the legend learnt that football shouldn’t be over complicated.
Gillespie was part of the multiple-trophy winning side of 1988/89, and the former defender said that while Dalglish was player/manager at Anfield, he preferred a simpler format of coaching.
"When I say this to people they’re amazed: In 8 years at Liverpool, the days we were actually coached I can count on one hand. We were just told to go out and play,” he said.
"At times, the game becomes a little bit too technical and...I think formations sometimes go out the window. Ultimately, with good players in the side...that know the game, and know exactly what they’re doing...they'll find their positions.".
"You’ve got to have a structure to work with, but too much is made of it. Within that structure you’ve got to have license, and think since Kenny’s come in, he’s given them a bit more license to express themselves".
Dalglish has been manager at Liverpool again since January, and the club are hoping to make a return to the top four and challenge for top European honours.
While Liverpool suffered a disappointing draw against Norwich on the weekend, the side are currently sixth in the Barclays Premier League table and have enjoyed a much better start to this season than last.