Liverpool FC: How Kenny Dalglish Can Guide the Reds into Europe in Final Weeks

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Liverpool FC: How Kenny Dalglish Can Guide the Reds into Europe in Final Weeks
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Liverpool caretaker manager Kenny Dalglish has seven games left till the 2010/11 season comes to a close and may be with it, the end of his own second and short spell as manager at Anfield.

Dalglish has not yet been offered the Anfield hot seat on a permanent basis and is continuing the line, that for him the post is till the end this season and what comes after that, comes after that.

Although, publicly the club is keeping any discussions with the Liverpool legend under close wraps, it would be a surprise if Dalglish was not offered the manager's job on a permanent basis in the coming weeks.

Certainly, if the club are looking to spend money and bring in new players in the summer, the position of manager must be resolved well before any money is spent.

If Dalglish were to guide his beloved Reds into European football next season, then his appointment as full time manager would almost certainly be a foregone conclusion. 

But with seven games left to play, the Reds are currently in sixth place; which in past seasons would have been enough for entry into the Europa League, but with surprises in the domestic cup competitions this season, it is appears that finishing fifth is the last spot that ensures European football next season.

Liverpool are presently in sixth place, five points, behind Tottenham Hotspur also having played one more game than the Londoners.

If Spurs win their game in hand, then the gap will be eight points behind with seven games left to play; an uphill task if there ever was one.

But the ethos of Dalglish is to take the season one game at a time, put as many points in the bag, tot them up at the end and see where that puts you.

There is also not much emphasis placed on the results of the other teams, as Dalglish and his team have no power to influence those so they are not important; relevant but, not worth worrying over. 

Worry about your own results and the rest will take care of itself.

So Dalglish's example will be adopted here; with seven games left how many points can the Reds put in the bag? If that is enough to play Europa League football next season, is in the lap of the gods.

But one thing is for certain, although he cannot influence other teams' results, Dalglish will need Spurs to slip up and drop points if he is to guide his Reds into that illusive fifth spot.

Here is a look at the games left for Dalglish to gather as many points as possible.

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