Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Gerrard eager for Dalglish to stay

Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard wants Kenny Dalglish to remain as Liverpool manager beyond this season.

Dalglish has yet to oversee a victory during his three games in charge, the derby draw with Everton on Sunday coming after defeats by Blackpool in the Barclays Premier League and Manchester United in the FA Cup.

But Gerrard told LFC Weekly: "I want to do everything in my power to ensure that he stays here for a long time, beyond the initial six months."

He added: "I'd love nothing better when the end of the season comes than for us to be on the back of a good run of results that ensures he gets the job full-time. That's my short-term plan, to give everything I've got and all my energy to try to make that happen.

"I won't lie. When Kenny rang to say he was coming back it was a big lift. I love Kenny as a person and I've certainly enjoyed the first few days we've had working with him. I can see a positive future for Kenny at the club."

Liverpool are only four points above the relegation zone and face a crucial match at Wolves on Saturday when they will again be without influential midfielder Gerrard, who completes a three-match suspension.

He said: "I think Kenny is the perfect person to get everyone moving in the right direction again. He's the talisman at this club.

"His nickname, the King, says it all really. He's the perfect manager and also the person to bring it all together.

"It's time to re-group and for us all to be pulling in the right direction because this season certainly hasn't been good enough."

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