From 2005 European Champions League winners to a mid-table Premier League team, Liverpool is now struggling to qualify for the Europa League. A lot has happened, and quite frankly deteriorated over the past few years for Liverpool Football Club.
Since Kenny Dalglish has taken over for Roy Hodgson, Liverpool looks like a new team. The problem is, he is only the caretaker manager, but hopefully he will become the full time manager. Dalglish wants the full-time job, and fortunately for LFC fans he and chairman Tom Werner seem to be on the same page in that regard.
He has led them to two straight wins now and Liverpool are now playing with belief and confidence. There has been a drastic difference in performance since the departure of Hodgson and arrival of Dalglish. They have not just been winning, but they have been playing very well.
Roy Hodgson's reign at Liverpool was abysmal, and his use of the rigid 4-4-2 system simply did not work or resonate with the players they have at the club. Dalglish has implemented a new system which works, and is not afraid to drop top signings like Joe Cole as he is always determined on getting the best, and in-form players on the pitch.
Players like Poulsen and Miereles who slightly struggled under Hodgson, have shone under Dalglish and have bred new light into this squad. Playing Miereles behind Torres in the hole has been especially critical, as now Miereles is looking like a top EPL player and due to that Torres is looking much sharper.
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Hodgson was always too afraid of getting beaten, but Dalglish is willing to take risks—such as playing Glen Johnson at left-back, which has proven to be a great decision with him attacking at the same rate but much more solid at the back. This has also allowed Martin Kelly to blossom into his potential.
All the players are happier with Dalglish. There is a confident and excited dressing room, and Dalglish has instilled a new faith into the players.
He has also made top quality backroom signings such as Steve Clarke who has proved to be a very valuable contributor, helping create a much more solid back four with better organization and communication, with the help of Assistant Manager Sammy Lee on the bench.
The trio of Dalglish, Clarke, and Lee has already proven to be a success. The coaches have also improved a much more impressive attack, which bases itself on the policy of pass and move, which they use to control the game. They displayed this particularly when they strung together 31 consecutive passes in build-up to the third goal against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
For the good of the club, if Liverpool want to get back to challenging year in, year out at the top of the table, Kenny Dalglish must be appointed full-time manager at Liverpool FC.