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Houllier: Liverpool fans’ expectations too high

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Houllier thinks Liverpool fans should be happier (©GettyImages)
Houllier thinks Liverpool fans should be happier (©GettyImages).

Former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier has said the Anfield club's fans expect too much and that Kenny Dalglish needs time to work with.

 

The Frenchman thinks Reds fans are obsessed with winning the league and believe they should win the Champions League nearly every year.

 

There was also a vote of confidence for Dalglish when Houllier reasoned that, with so many new signings, the Scot’s team needed at least a year to gel and settle in as team-mates before they can really be successful.

 

“There is too much expectation at Liverpool, they expect you to win the Champions League every year. That won't happen,” said Houllier in The Mirror.

 

“The obsession is the league. Rafa Benitez finished second and I finished second once, but for all the cups we won, they wanted us to win the league.”

 

The 64-year-old won six trophies in his time at Anfield but he was unable to take the club to its first league title since 1990.

 

Dalglish was the manager then but their league form has been poor since the turn of the year and they have only won one of their last seven outings.

 

However, they did claim a trophy in the Carling Cup and are in the semi-finals of the FA Cup, something which Houllier believes is a sign that things are improving.

 

The former France manager warned Liverpool fans not to fall into the stereotype of the fickle football fans, using examples of Arsene Wenger and David Moyes of how it is a long-term game and judgements should not be made instantly.

 

“They won the League Cup, the same way we did in 2001. It's a good sign for the future. I think he's heading in the same direction, just give him some time,” he added.

 

“In football, you can go from the attic to the basement very quickly, so one day he is the hero and the next day he is the zero. You have to be careful.

 

“Liverpool need another year to kick in. They have had a lot of recruitment done and a lot of problems, so give him some time.

 

“There was a time when David Moyes was criticised and Arsene was criticised - see where they are now. It's a roller-coaster.”

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