We are not the finished article, admits Liverpool’s Kenny Dalglish
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish admits reaching the FA Cup final is satisfying but insists there is a lot more work to do
Kenny Dalglish has insisted Liverpool are still very much a “work in progress” despite the Reds winning the Carling Cup and the prospect of the FA Cup final against Chelsea to come in May.
The 61-year-old has attracted criticism for Liverpool’s poor league form after a run of just two victories in 10 games which left the Reds trailing fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur by 13 points.
But the Liverpool manager, who masterminded the Anfield outfit’s 2-1 victory over Everton in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday, vowed to keep working to help his side climb the Premier League table.
“It is called a work in progress,” Dalglish told Liverpool’s website. “We have said that many times before and there is no need for us to change.
“After the Carling Cup I said we are not the finished article and we are saying the same thing now.
“I have never said at any time that we were the finished article and we won’t say that now.
“But every bit of knowledge I have got, every effort I have got, will go towards trying to get the football team moving in the right direction.”
Dalglish was appointed as Roy Hodgson’s successor in January 2011, and after an initial impressive spell in charge last season, the Liverpool boss’ second reign at Anfield has come under fierce scrutiny.
“To go forward and be successful, sometimes you need to get battered along the way,” added Dalglish.
“This football club is a fantastic example to anyone else that wants to have a football club that when there is a wee bit of mud flying about, they close ranks and get together.
“That is the football club I used to know and it’s the football club I am getting back to knowing now.
“If it’s me that’s getting dog’s abuse, good, because it takes the pressure off the players and my skin is a bit thicker than some of theirs. There’s a lot of them here for the first time in their first year.
“It is important for everybody to go through some bad bits to realise how good the good bits are. I’ve been there before and I suppose I will be there again at some stage.”