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Kenny Dalglish 'key to keeping Liverpool players'

Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres
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Former Liverpool star Peter Beardsley says Kenny Dalglish would help to keep Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres at Anfield if he was reappointed as boss.

"You'd have more chance of keeping the players if you had a hero like Kenny in charge," said Beardsley.

"I'm not saying he would be a massive success straight away because there are a lot of problems at Liverpool."

Anfield legend Dalglish was reported to be keen on the managerial post following the exit of Rafael Benitez.

After the Spaniard left the club by mutual consent on 3 June, managing director Christian Purslow and Dalglish, a Reds player for 10 years and manager between 1985 and 1991, have been searching for a new boss.


Fulham's Roy Hodgson and ex-Manchester City boss Mark Hughes, currently out of work, have been touted as potential candidates.

Former Anfield players BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson, keeper Bruce Grobbelaar and Jamie Redknapp have all recently backed a return at the helm for 59-year-old Dalglish, who is also the club's academy ambassador.

Beardsley, a Liverpool midfielder between 1987 and 1991, also thinks the Scot is the right man and would help to keep hold of top players such as midfielder Gerrard and striker Torres, whose futures remain uncertain following a trophyless season at Anfield.

"You look at Torres and he probably came to Liverpool on the strength of watching Dalglish as a player, and Gerrard grew up watching that team," added Beardsley.

"So I would think you'd have no problem keeping both of them if Kenny Dalglish was your manager.

"I played for four years under Kenny and won the league twice and the FA Cup. We were not able to play in Europe in those days, so what he did in my time at the club, and winning the double before I even arrived, was sensational.

Redknapp - Dalgish would be a success

"I can't speak for the people of Liverpool but I know the fans would love him and when I look at him, his football knowledge and his football mentality, he loves the game.

"What he means to Liverpool is sensational and I would have no qualms about giving him the job."

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill, ex-Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink and Croatia coach Slaven Bilic have also been mentioned as successors to Benitez, recently appointed at Inter Milan.

Benitez told the Guardian on Tuesday he felt that Dalglish was "the best man for the job".

"The owners should listen to the fans because they are unhappy. No one knows the club better than Dalglish and he would be perfect there. He wants the job and in my opinion should get it," he said.

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see also
Hodgson named new Liverpool boss
01 Jul 10 |  Liverpool
Redknapp - Dalglish would be a success
03 Jun 10 |  Liverpool
Benitez seeks trophies with Inter
15 Jun 10 |  Europe
Benitez reign at Liverpool ends
03 Jun 10 |  Liverpool
O'Neill to stay as Villa manager
12 May 10 |  Aston Villa
Hodgson voted manager of the year
10 May 10 |  Fulham
Dalglish sacked by Celtic
29 Jun 00 |  Scottish Premier

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Sunday People Sports News: King Kenny can keep duo - Beardsley - 15 hrs ago
Times Online Poll: who do you want to be the next Liverpool manager? - 17 hrs ago
Edinburgh Evening News Anfield stars 'would stay for Dalglish' - 32 hrs ago
Daily Express King Kenny can keep duo - Beardsley - 36 hrs ago
RTE Online Peter Beardsley backs Kenny Dalglish - 38 hrs ago


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