Lineker: Reds could become like Barca under Dalglish

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Although Gary Lineker failed to see eye to eye with Johan Cruyff during his spell with Barcelona, the former England striker is well-placed to make an assessment of the Dutch legend's coaching skills.

Lineker respected Cruyff for his 'incredible vision' and can see a similar mentality and tactical nous in Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish.

The impact Dalglish has had since his return to the Liverpool hotseat has been quite remarkable, and Lineker has lauded the great Scot as one of the best football thinkers around.

"I've been in Kenny Dalglish's company many times around the world and one thing never ceases to amaze me," he wrote in the News of the World.

"He'll know every player, where they came from, their strengths and weaknesses and how the manager sets his team out. To describe his knowledge as encyclopaedic is to do him a disservice.

"Tactically, he's so sharp that he leaves the rest of us for dead. He's one of those rare breed, a truly great player who made the transition to become a truly great manager. In a way, he's similar to Johan Cruyff who I worked with at Barcelona."


Without the work that Cruyff did at Barca during his eight year reign it is, perhaps, fair to say the the Catalan giants would not be quite the dominant force they are now - 15 years since his departure.

The 'tika-taka' style of football currently on display at the Nou Camp has been attributed to the the influence of Cruyff, and Lineker has suggested Dalglish could have a similar impact with Liverpool.

"Cruyff laid the foundations for the Barca style of today and his teams created so much space on the pitch, it was frightening.

"Like Kenny at Liverpool, he was revered at the Nou Camp as a former wonderful player and both men were a seamless fit as a manager.

"In Kenny's case, he still is."

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