DALGLISH RELYING ON PLAYERS TO SAVE LIVERPOOL
MANAGER of Liverpool, Kenny Dalglish, has confidence in the abilities of the players he inherited and believes that together, they will take the club forward.
Despite their 0-1 FA Cup third-round exit to Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, the Scot felt there were many positives to come from the performance. It gives him something to build on as he begins his first proper week in charge, having only been handed the job after Roy Hodgson's departure was confirmed at the weekend.
'We've got to remain positive and the positives for me were how the players went about their job and their commitment to the football club,' he said. 'I've seen them many times this year and last year.
'We've got some decent players and I am happy to move forward with this squad of players. I thought Martin Kelly was as good as anyone on the pitch. I thought it was a great bonus for us to see him play.
'Everyone has a role to play to take the club forward and if everyone does their role to the best of their abilities we won't be far away.'
Despite rumours circulating that an assistant manager would be brought in today to help out, Dalglish insisted that he had no knowledge of such a plan. The 59-year old admitted, in the rush of his appointment, that he was not up to speed with what transfer targets director of football strategy, Damien Comolli, had lined up for the current window.
He also said he was not so bothered, as he was just happy to work with the squad he inherited: 'All I would say is if someone had said to me 'there is the squad of players, would you take the job?' I would have said yes,' he added.
'I have no preconceived idea about anyone that I want to come in. Whether there are other targets in mind I don't know.'