Liverpool FC: 5 Mistakes Kenny Dalglish Has Made Since Returning to Liverpool

Lawrence McNeelaContributor IIISeptember 12, 2011

Liverpool FC: 5 Mistakes Kenny Dalglish Has Made Since Returning to Liverpool

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    One will rarely hear a Liverpool FC fan criticise Kenny Dalglish, which shouldn't come as any surprise given the Scottish legend's performances as both player and manager first time around. His genius helped bring unprecedented silverware and glory to the Merseyside club, and he was greeted as a returning hero when succeeding the hapless Roy Hodgson.

    However, there have been some bad mistakes made since the man Koppites call "King Kenny" took over, and despite his initial success when replacing Hodgson, they have already started costing Liverpool.

Andy Carroll

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    During Liverpool's match against Manchester City last season, £35 million man Andy Carroll looked unplayable. During every other game he's played, he's looked absolute rubbish.

    Kenny Dalglish took a massive risk in spending so much money on the England striker, but his performances so far this season haven't hinted at the gamble being successful. Lazy, unfit and slow, technically deficient and possessing no great desire or will to win, Andy Carroll looks a complete waste of money.

Picking the Wrong Team

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    Last season, against Tottenham, Andy Carroll's rushed return unbalanced an in-form team.

    This season, a draw against Sunderland was down to the wrong team being selected.

    At the Emirates, Kenny Dalglish should have unleashed an attacking lineup, but he selected the wrong personnel. It was only when Luis Suarez and Raul Meireles came off the bench that victory was made possible.

Losing Both Meireles and Aquilani

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    Alberto Aquilani is a classy and creative midfielder. What better way to treat such an asset than to give it away on loan to AC Milan?

    Aquilani departed with not so much as a penny brought into Anfield's coffers, and this mistake was then compounded by forcing Raul Meireles from the club. Meireles and Luis Suarez looked a potent attacking threat during the game against Arsenal, and Liverpool will miss him.

Spending Too Much Money on Jordan Henderson

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    Jordan Henderson is a promising young footballer, but the price paid for him this summer was far too much. Kenny Dalglish's apologists will point to the lack of Champions League football preventing top-class foreign players from joining, but Luis Suarez' signing proves that theory isn't true.

    Henderson is a better player than Jay Spearing, but not £20 million better, and he is nowhere near as good as Alberto Aquilani and Raul Meireles.

Persevering with Jamie Carragher

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    Jamie Carragher is finished, and you didn't read that first here. The heroics of the past have etched Carragher into Kop folklore, but the past few seasons have seen a sad decline in the old warrior's powers.

    Persevering with the aging centre-back has already cost a morale-boosting clean sheet at home to Bolton, and caused a defeat away to Stoke. With Sebastian Coates and Danny Wilson ready to supplement a defensive pair of Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel, it's time to put the legend out to pasture.