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Dalglish praises Liverpool season

Kenny Dalglish
Dalglish won eight league titles with Liverpool as a player and manager

Former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish believes the Reds have closed the gap on champions Manchester United and can go one better next season.

Liverpool are set to finish runners-up to United this season.

He told BBC Radio Merseyside: "They've pushed them a lot harder than they have in the previous three or four years.

"They can certainly be proud of their efforts this season. This year there has been a lot of optimism and we can look forward to next year."

Dalglish added: "It would have been very positive to win the Premier League but I think there's a lot of stability at the football club now. Maybe that wasn't here in October and November.

"Rafa [Benitez, manager] has signed a new contract and have Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres, Dirk Kuyt, Daniel Agger and a lot of the younger players.

"I'm sure they'll be some people coming in and some going out. But the stronger [players] we get the better chance we will have."

Dalglish could have a role to play in the future success of the club as Benitez would like him involved in some way in the Liverpool set-up.

He said: "We'll just have to wait and see. If I can be of any help to this football club then I will be.

"If it's more helpful for me to be a supporter then fine. It's no problem, I don't have any grievances with anyone."



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