Kenny Dalglish Sacked: 5 Players Who Will Struggle Without Kenny
Taking sentiment and history aside, Liverpool fans had the best possible news this week—they sacked their manager.
Of course, there was disappointment around Anfield as King Kenny cleared his desk and drove away thinking what could have been, but there were too many mistakes, too many alarming errors both on and off the pitch for the Fenway Sports Group to continue rolling with the 61-year-old.
Being out of the management game too long clearly effected the Scotsman's judgment on a number of issues throughout the season. A solitary Carling Cup win was not enough to avoid the axe, especially with Everton finishing higher in the league.
A great club with great tradition deserves a great manager. Not a great manager 30 years ago, a great manager today.
The next managerial appointment will be a huge one for the Merseyside club, but one thing is for certain, a change needed to happen if Liverpool is to progress and challenge for Champions League football.
Whoever does come in will have to transform a hugely expensive mediocre squad into title contenders.
Many will be shown the door.
Here are five players that will struggle without Kenny...
5. Charlie Adam
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Dalglish made numerous attempts to sign Charlie Adam from Blackpool and finally got his man for £7 million in July 2011.
A magnificent player for Blackpool, many thought it was only a matter of time before the Scottish international started finding the back of the net for Liverpool on a regular basis.
Those fans are still waiting.
Adam has been a spectacular disappointment, only managing two goals in 28 appearances.
Some may feel Steven Gerrard's role will have negated much of Adam's attacking prowess, but the England skipper was injured for most of the season.
Time and time again Dalglish kept faith with his big-money signing, but even he gave up towards the end of the current campaign, relegating the 26-year-old to the bench.
Blackpool made a tongue in cheek bid to re-sign Adam in January, such was the alarming drop in performances on the pitch.
The watershed moment came during a 1-0 loss at Sunderland in March when fans obviously had enough of the midfielder and let their feelings known after the final whistle.
Many have Adam already leaving Anfield before the start of next season and it would not come as a huge shock.
4. Stewart Downing
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Another massive signing by "King Kenny," Stewart Downing arrived with a big reputation and a big price tag—£16 million to be precise.
Downing did not register a single league goal all season and when given a penalty to break his duck in the last home game of the season, you guessed it—he missed it.
However, unlike Adam, Downing will almost certainly be given a chance under the new manager. He undoubtedly has serious talent and sometimes it takes a new start under a new manager to light the fire.
Despite a disappointing season, the winger still made the England squad for the the Euro's and will be excited at the chance to prove his critics wrong.
However, he will have to do it quickly because he will not be given the time nor the patience that Dalglish gave.
3. Dirk Kuyt
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Time could have finally run out for Dirk Kuyt at Anfield.
He has been an excellent servant to the club over the past six seasons without perhaps being the dominant force everyone thought he could have been.
Coming off his best season for goals (13), Kuyt had his worst (2) during 2011/12 under the Dalglish era.
Being a utility man didn't help his tally, but this has been the case for many seasons now.
Many would have benched the Dutchman earlier in the campaign, but the striker continued to start with little end product.
His manager constantly stood up for the 31-year-old, but a new appointment could well look elsewhere when remodeling the squad.
2. Luis Suarez
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Maybe a shock selection to many, but Suarez could be on thin ice now that Dalglish is out the door.
His talent on the pitch is unquestioned, but everything else that goes with the Uruguayan has the ability to turn toxic.
The way Dalglish dealt with the Suarez saga surely played huge part in his exit and the striker's Anfield future could well be decided before a new manager is appointed.
The Fenway Sports Group were not happy with the handling of the situation at the time and will address whether the 25-year-old's presence is too damaging for the brand.
My guess is that his stunning talent will give him one last chance to show the owners that he can avoid controversy. However, one wrong move and it will be curtains for the man they call "El Pistolero."
1. Jordan Henderson
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You're perhaps seeing the pattern by now—the majority of Dalglish's big-money signings have failed to impress. At £20 million, Henderson is another one of them.
Henderson made a huge money move from Sunderland and the step up looks to have caught the youngster cold.
Age is on the midfielders side, but the 21-year-old will be the first to admit the move has not worked out as well as he would have hoped so far.
Not picked by Roy Hodgson in England's Euro 2012 squad, Henderson could find himself playing for Great Britain in this summer's Olympics.
The youngster will have to step up his game under a new manager, otherwise he could follow the likes of Joe Cole and Alberto Aquilani on the Anfield scrapheap.