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Steven Gerrard wants Kenny Dalglish permanently at Reds

Steven Gerrard
Gerrard is currently suspended for Liverpool

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard wants interim Reds boss Kenny Dalglish to be given the job of managing the club on a permanent basis.

Dalglish, 59, took over until the end of the season following the departure of Roy Hodgson earlier this month.

"I want to do everything in my power to ensure that he stays here for a long time, beyond the initial six months," Gerrard told LFC Weekly.

"I won't lie. When Kenny rang to say he was coming back it was a big lift."

Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli is in charge of finding Hodgson's long-term replacement and he has said that Dalglish, who quit as Reds manager in his first spell in charge in February 1991, will be considered for the role.


The side's results as the Scot tries to turn around Liverpool's disappointing season are likely to decide whether he keeps the job and Gerrard is determined to do as much as he can to help advance his cause.

"I'd love nothing better when the end of the season comes than for us to be on the back of a good run of results that ensures he gets the job full-time," said Gerrard, who is currently serving a three-match ban after his red card in the FA Cup defeat at Manchester United, which was Dalglish's first game back in charge.

"That's my short-term plan, to give everything I've got and all my energy to try to make that happen."

Dalglish, who was overlooked when Hodgson was appointed last summer, has yet to win a game since taking charge, with the defeat at Old Trafford being followed up by a loss at Blackpool and draw at home with Everton.

The Reds are currently only four points above the relegation zone and next face a trip to Wolves on Saturday.

"I love Kenny as a person and I've certainly enjoyed the first few days we've had working with him," added Gerrard. "I can see a positive future for Kenny at the club.

"I think he's the perfect person to get everyone moving in the right direction again. He's the talisman at this club. His nickname, the King, says it all really.

"He's the perfect manager and also person to bring it all together. It's time to re-group and for us all to be pulling in the right direction because this season certainly hasn't been good enough."

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