Tuesday 12 December 2017

Dalglish defends Liverpool record

Chris Bascombe

KENNY DALGLISH has delivered a robust defence of his Anfield reign, but admits he has received no guarantees that he will remain in charge beyond tomorrow's Premier League game at Swansea.

The Anfield restructuring continued yesterday with the departure of Liverpool's head of communications, Ian Cotton, who has left the club after 16 years. His exit follows that of Damien Comolli as director of football and head of sports science, Peter Brukner, after a fraught season for the Anfield PR department following the Luis Suarez race row.

Dalglish's own role is also under scrutiny, but the Scot is reading little into the silence from the United States since last week's FA Cup final defeat. Instead, he is pressing ahead with preparations for next season.

Asked if he had been told he would remain in charge, Dalglish said: "Well they haven't told me that I am gone! I am here.

"If you are in any job, you are going to do it to the best of your ability.

"We are excited about a lot of the things that have gone on here. When you consider that in January the year before we went out of the FA Cup in the first game. We were out of the Carling Cup, but in the Europa League. We were four points off relegation, so I don't think this has been too bad a return this year."

Although Dalglish has bought players to the value of £120m since taking over, he suggested that, in real terms, he has spent only £23m when sales are taken into account.

"The figures that are bandied about don't match up with the balance sheet that came out a couple of weeks ago. It said that, in July 2011, there was a £40m deficit in transfers, but since then we have sold £17m worth of players.

"To me that brings it down to £23m. If a boy who left school at 15 can see the financial figures, well more educated people than me can work it out themselves. For me, to get a trophy back after six years, to get into Europe at the first time of asking, it's not bad, is it?"

He added: "The owners are educated people. I'm sure they can understand it. They understand sport as well. They will understand what we are trying to do. It's very rare you get things turned around in 12 months." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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