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Staring at the abyss

KENNY DALGLISH will meet with Liverpool's American owners in the next 24 hours to discuss the club's growing crisis.

Worried owner John Henry (pictured right) is due in Liverpool for a summit meeting to shape the future of the club after another humiliating 2-1 defeat by Blackpool.

The shocking performance of his side will only add to fears about the potential for disaster at Sunday's must-not-lose Merseyside Derby.

Liverpool are tied on 25 points with Everton, just four above the drop zone, and have no Steven Gerrard or Jamie Carragher available in the side to instil some local passion.

Against that background, Henry will see his first game at Anfield since a 2-0 defeat by Chelsea back in November, but his priority for this visit will be to conclude the search for a new CEO, with former Celtic main man Peter Lawwell the hot favourite.

In the meantime, Dalglish can only return to the training ground and hope that he can turn things around in time for Everton.

"Very, very seldom do you walk into a job where there is no challenge," he said.

"The encouraging side from me is the attitude and commitment of the players.

"If we keep trying really hard we can get some luck."