Liverpool: Could Andre Villas Boas Be the Answer at Anfield Next Season?

Ieuan BeynonCorrespondent IIIMay 17, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28:  Andre Villas-Boas, manager of Chelsea looks on prior to the FA Cup with Budweiser Fourth Round match between Queens Park Rangers and Chelsea at Loftus Road on January 28, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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The dust has settled at Anfield after the departure of the iconic Kenny Dalglish from his position yesterday afternoon.

The American owners Fenway Sports Group and chairman John Henry have very high standards and want to make sure they have the best people available overseeing their football club.

It seems that the owners will also do anything necessary to make sure their club is successful. Who would have thought that they would sack "King Kenny" after leading the team to the Carling Cup trophy and the FA Cup final this term?

But it was poor league form where Liverpool endured a terrible season, finishing in eighth position, some 37 points behind winners Manchester City.

Add to that the Luis Suarez racism saga and the way Dalglish handled that episode and you can see why John Henry was looking for a change.

Dalglish was old school, and could not develop or evolve into a Premier League manager, what Liverpool need is a modern tactician, a young, vibrant manager who has the ability to lead a massive club.

That one person could be Andre Villas Boas. The Portuguese manager, who was let go by Chelsea halfway through last season, could be the man to revolutionise Liverpool.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 05:  Manager Kenny Dalglish of Liverpool looks on during the FA Cup with Budweiser Final match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on May 5, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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He surely ticks all the boxes.

He is a bright, young coach who has learnt from the very best in Jose Mourinho.

He also enjoyed massive success in his homeland with Porto, leading them to domestic and Europa League glory during the 2010-2011 season.

He was dismissed unfairly by the erratic Roman Abramovich in March of 2012, after a defeat to West Brom saw his side slip out of the Champions League places.

He has a vast knowledge of European football and his high profile within the game will appeal to the fans as they look for their side to join Europe’s elite once again.

It would be some coup if they could persuade Villas Boas to take the reins at Anfield, but a modern football manager is very much the order of the day this coming season.