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Thursday, 3 March 2011
Is The Honeymoon Over ?
Well with virtually the same squad as Roy Hodgson had is Dalglish's honeymoon period over after Sunday's poor defeat at West Ham. Liverpool have been riding on a crest of a wave since Dalglish took over but came crashing back down to earth last Sunday. The performance by the team was the poorest yet under Kenny's leadership, and now with Manchester United up next it is worrying that we may turn into the team of earlier in the season. Personally I don't see that happening as Dalglish is a great manager and will make sure he gets a reaction from his players after that poor performance. I have liked the way Dalglish has made us more attacking yet solid at the back also. I would like to hope it was just a bad day at the office but its just a bit worrying witnessing us being well beaten from a bottom of the league side. We lacked the fight West Ham showed and that has happened too often this season and it just reminds me that this problem of lack of passion in certain games is still there, its the first time I've seen that since Kenny took over and I'm sure it will be a long time before we see that again from his team. There are no easy games in this league and we can't afford to show this kind of attitude again. There is no doubt Kenny has worked wonders in a short space of time and he will be the first to admit that he has a lot of work to do to get Liverpool back where they belong, but it will not happen overnight and we all have to be patient as I believe we have the right man for the job and Kenny knows that it will take time. Dalglish is using his limited squad to the best of his capabilities and I'm sure there will be a lot of wheelings and dealings in the summer with Kenny surely going to be confirmed as manager on a permanent basis. Even in this short space of time in charge Kenny has made a some good signings, he was resigned to losing his star striker in Torres but he acted swiftly and brought in two class strikers to compensate that loss with Suarez and Andy Carroll coming in and although we have not seen the two play together at this time of writing I'm positive they will prove to be a formidable partnership for Liverpool. Kenny also has a great crop of youngsters coming through and we have already seen Kelly and Wilson play recently as Kenny will give them a chance if they are good enough. Unfortunately 4th place seems out of reach with games running out but a few months ago it was a pipe dream as we were in the relegation zone, so we have to crawl before we walk as we rebuild, we still have the Europa League to go for and that would be great for everyone if we could win it. The honeymoon period is officially over but the good life will continue under Kenny, he will get us back to the top and I wish him a very happy 60th birthday with a win over Manchester United as the perfect present on Sunday.