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Dalglish deflects praise on anniversary

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Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has paid tribute to the role of owners Fenway Sports Group after a year in charge at Anfield.

'King Kenny' took over on Merseyside after Roy Hodgson got the axe for a poor start to the campaign last term, and the Scot has overseen a remarkable change in fortunes during his reign.

The latest positive came in a 5-1 FA Cup third round victory against Oldham Athletic on Friday night, but the 60-year-old was quick to sing the praises of his support network rather than take all the credit for a 'fantastic' 12 months.

"It has been fantastic for me. I think I am fortunate to be here and I have really enjoyed the first year," he's quoted as saying in the Liverpool Echo.

"The owners (FSG) have been fantastically supportive, and obviously people can judge for themselves whether there has been progress.

"It would be remiss of me not to go on record and show my appreciation for the work of (first-team coaches) Stevie Clarke, Kevin Keen and Sammy Lee – who has now left the club.

"Damien Comolli (the club’s director of football) has done a fantastic job in the background on the administrative part of things organising players for us to look at."

After overseeing a strong finish last season, Dalglish will be looking to guide his side back into Europe in the current campaign, with the Reds currently sitting sixth - thee points off the Champions League places.

His efforts have been helped by an influx of new players, particularly in the summer transfer window, and the ability to put his own stamp on the team has helped with the progression of the side in the eyes of Dalglish.

"It was a very busy January transfer window when there were one or two surprises in store for myself that we didn’t anticipate, but we got through that and had a strong finish to last season," he added.

"In the summer we were active in the transfer window. We brought in a lot of players and more went out than came in. You can see the progression that’s been made on the pitch. We’ve had a decent start to this season.

"It’s been hectic and a bit eventful at times but I wouldn’t have changed it. I’m delighted to be here and happy with the way things are going."

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