Liverpool legend John Barnes expressed surprise at the sacking of Kenny Dalglish and believes the next manager must be in charge for a number of years.


The former Reds midfielder thought it was unusual for the club to have so much change at the top in recent seasons, as Anfield has always been a place where managers were given a chance.


“Well, it's been a bit of a shock because I would have expected Kenny to have stayed longer but obviously the owners have taken the decision to move in a different direction and I think this decision now really needs to be for the long-term,” he said in an interview with the club’s official website.


“People always talk about long-term plans but I think now we have to believe in this decision, regardless of how well or badly we do in the short-term.”


Dalglish’s second spell lasted just under 18 months and a poor Premier League campaign, where the Merseyside club could only finish as high as eighth, contributed to his sacking.


However, the Scot did take the club to their first trophy win in six years when they defeated Cardiff City on penalties in the League Cup final, but this was not enough for owners Fenway Sports Group and Dalglish was dismissed last week.


It means there will be a fourth manager in two years taking charge at Anfield and Barnes wants the owners to choose a man for their new philosophy and give him the necessary time to lay it out.


“If the club believes in a new philosophy then they need to stick with it. If it takes two, three or four years to fulfil the plan then we need to give the club time to realise it and make it happen,” he concluded.

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