But to see the official confirmation that Liverpool had indeed dispensed of their club icon was still a sad realization that the King’s second coming had not turned out the way everyone hoped it would, and a clear reminder that, for all of Liverpool’s storied history, the future remains most important.
It is a testament to Kenny Dalglish’s stature and iconic status at Liverpool that he alone would attract such divided opinions between the pro- and anti-Dalglish camps among the most passionate of Liverpool supporters. The dismissal of any other manager with Dalglish's record would have been met with fewer dissenting voices.
But, in hindsight, sometimes analyzing a difficult situation requires taking a step back and looking at the big picture. And the big picture at the end of the 2011-2012 Premier League season was, unfortunately, that Liverpool were simply not good enough.
Here are nine decisions that Dalglish has taken in the past year and a half, to his ultimate peril.