Kenny Dalglish defends Liverpool record

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Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish has defended his second spell as manager at the club saying that his side over-achieved in his last season by reaching two Cup finals.

Dalglish replaced Roy Hodgson at Anfield in January 2011 but was sacked in May of last year after Liverpool could only finish eighth in the Premier League.

The 62-year-old did however lead his side to Carling Cup victory - Liverpool's only trophy since 2006 - as well as the FA Cup final which they lost 2-1 to Chelsea.

And the Scot believes that two Wembley finals and a trophy is more memorable than finishing fourth and gaining Champions League qualification.

"What those boys achieved in 2012 was fantastic," Dalglish said in his book 'Kenny Dalglish My Life' serialised in the Daily Mirror.

"To win the Carling Cup and to get to an FA Cup final was beyond any expectations.

"Liverpool is a massive football club and they had not won anything for six years when I got there, but we won something in our first season.

"People will turn around and say we finished eighth in the league, but how many points would you swap for three Wembley trips?

"That League Cup was a trophy for Liverpool Football Club. I don't see that as anything but a positive. It's always pleasant to get a winner's medal.

"It might be more rewarding to qualify in Europe after finishing fourth, but who remembers that game when you finished fourth to get there? Winning a Cup final against Cardiff at Wembley and walking away with the Carling Cup was a day to remember.

"Yes, I would have loved to have finished fourth and I would have loved to have won the Champions League and won the Premier League, but it was never going to be achieved overnight."

Despite his sacking - which may also have been partly related to the £60million he spent on largely ineffectual players in the summer of 2011 - Dalglish confirmed he would return to the club in another capacity if asked.

"I've always said that I'm happy to help Liverpool Football Club in whatever way I can and that hasn't changed in any way, shape or form," he added.

Brendan Rodgers left Swansea to take over at Liverpool when Dalglish was sacked and in his second season in charge his side currently sit top of the table after four games played.

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