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Return of Kenny Dalglish at Liverpool was needed - Neal

Kenny Dalglish
Dalglish returned as caretaker boss in January

Former Liverpool stalwart Phil Neal believes Kenny Dalglish has been chosen to return as the club's permanent manager at the right time.

Dalglish was handed a three-year deal at Anfield earlier this month after a spell in caretaker charge.

"He's certainly turned the team and the fans around magnificently," Neal told BBC Radio Merseyside.

"I think it was what was needed at the club. Kenny had worked at the academy and knew the players."

The most decorated player in the Reds' history added: "Well done to him for instilling the confidence required for them to make the jump to the first team.

"We're looking forward to a new season and new challenges with renewed optimism."

Neal, who played 650 games for Liverpool, added: "It's a pleasure to sit and watch from the stands again, and to give these young kids faith and hope that in the future they will get a go if they are good enough is brilliant for me."

Neal was the only player to feature in the first four of Liverpool's European Cup triumphs after being signed from Northampton for £66,000 in 1974.

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