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Clarke couldn’t resist Kenny’s call

New Liverpool coach Steve Clarke admits the chance to link up with “football great” Kenny Dalglish was an opportunity he could not turn down.

The former Chelsea, West Ham and Newcastle assistant had been linked with a couple of managerial vacancies, but leapt at the chance to join the 59-year-old's backroom team at Anfield.

“I was sat at home doing nothing and now I've got the chance of working with a football great in Kenny Dalglish and also working for one of the world's leading football clubs,” he said.

“This was something I couldn't turn down.

“I am grateful for everybody who has given me such a warm welcome, especially all those at Melwood (training ground).

“I am really looking forward to working with Kenny and the rest of the staff to help bring good times back to the club.”

The appointment of the well-respected Clarke will go some way to silencing the critics who claimed Dalglish, who has not managed for more than a decade, had been out for too long and was not equipped to deal with the modern-day demands of the game.

Clarke was a part of the coaching set-up which saw Chelsea win two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two Carling Cups over three seasons under former boss Jose Mourinho.

Mike Kelly, whom Hodgson brought with him from Fulham as coach in the summer, was not involved with the team in their FA Cup defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday and his departure from Liverpool will be confirmed in due course.

“Steve is a great addition to our backroom team and I'm delighted we've been able to bring him into the club,” said Dalglish.

“I am looking forward to working with Steve alongside Sammy Lee (assistant manager) and our other technical staff.”

Dalglish was officially unveiled to the press at Anfield yesterday, where he reiterated his delight at the arrival of Clarke.

“It is important we have good backroom staff and Steve comes into that category,” he said.

“To be fair to Steve he was phoned last night and he was up here for training this morning - which tells you the lure Liverpool football club has to someone.

“He was very instrumental in the success of several clubs, none less so than Mourinho's spell at Chelsea so we've got a decent guy there.

“He worked well in tandem with Sammy this morning so it looks positive for us.”

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