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Scales hails Liverpool's Dalglish and Clarke

Kenny Dalglish (left) and Steve Clarke
Dalglish (left) appointed Clarke as first-team coach on his return in January

By Paul Garrity
BBC Radio Merseyside

Former Liverpool and England defender John Scales says the partnership between Kenny Dalglish and his first-team coach Steve Clarke has been crucial to the recent revival at Anfield.

Since Dalglish's return in January, the Reds have won 10 of their 17 Premier League games to lift them from 12th position to sixth.

After seeing Manchester United overtake take their record of 18 league championships this season, the pressure is on the squad to compete for the Premier League title in the very near future.

But Scales, who played for Liverpool between 1994 and 1996, believes Dalglish and Clarke, after signing three-year contracts at the club last week, are the right men to take the club into a successful new era.

"You can't ignore the fact that Steve Clarke has been alongside him and they've formed a great partnership," Scales told BBC Radio Merseyside.

"It's great to see Steve Clarke has signed a three-year contract. I'm really delighted he's there and they've done a great job between them.

"It's Kenny first and foremost who is the reason why the fortunes have turned around, but it's important you have a backroom staff that's together.

"Damien Comolli [director of football] is there and has got the right strategy with the owners and has the relationship with Kenny to take the club forward and make the acquisitions they need to strengthen the squad."

It is the prospect of seeing new players grace the Anfield turf next season that has whetted the appetite of Liverpool fans since the club flexed their muscle in the transfer market with the signings of strikers Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez in January.

But Scales is cautiously optimistic and says the Reds will not be alone in attempting to strengthen their squad ahead of next season.

"Chelsea are going to strengthen, Manchester City are going to spend big in the summer, Arsenal have shown they have great quality in their side," continued Scales.

"It's not going to be an easy task. But, like everybody else on the red half of Merseyside, I believe Kenny is the man to take the club forward.

"What he's shown in the last six weeks or so is that he's the galvanising force to bring the unity, stability and will inspire everybody around the club to go onto greater things.

"But the big question is they are going to have to strengthen the team and have greater depth. But the signs are all very positive on that front as well."



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