Former Liverpool and England international midfielder Steve McManaman has called for ‘King’ Kenny Dalglish to be appointed Reds manager on a full-time basis.
The 60-year-old Scot has transformed the club’s season after picking up 20 out of a possible 30 points since taking over the Anfield helm in January following the departure of Roy Hodgson.
Liverpool were languishing towards the bottom end of the Barclays Premier League table, but after an upturn in fortunes they now sit in 6th place, just four points behind Tottenham Hotspur with European qualification now a realistic target.
McManaman believes that Dalglish deserves all the credit in turning the club around, and says that he would have no hesitation in offering the Liverpool legend the permanent job.
"Who else can you name that is available at the moment that would be a more suitable candidate for the job on a full time basis than Kenny? There isn’t anyone.
"He knows the academy inside out as well as a host of players across Europe, and still is an expert when it comes to the knowledge of the game.
"Even when he wasn’t at the club, he could have told you everything you needed to know about each player in the academy, their strengths and weaknesses."
When approached about the subject of whether or not Dalglish will be offered an extension to his current deal that is set to expire at the end of the season, Liverpool owner John Henry said that Kenny had done "very well", but no contract has yet been forthcoming.
"He has unified the club and taken them from just outside the relegation zone to the lofty heights of sixth in the league, and has rescued a pretty average season really if you are a Liverpool fan," Mcmanaman continued.
"I think everyone knows that the Reds won’t win the league without significant investment but now everybody is walking around with a smile on their face and that’s down to King Kenny.
"I am sure that he is definitely the right man to restore Liverpool Football Club to where they should be."
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