Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 25 October 2014

Kenny Dalglish is desperate for Liverpool victory

Kenny Dalglish

Kenny Dalglish is still searching for his first victory after returning as Liverpool manager and heads to Wolves today admitting he has no explanation for the club's woeful away record.

The Reds have, under three different managers, registered just two Premier League victories in almost 13 months.

That record contributed to the difficulties Rafael Benitez had before his departure in June and was a major factor in Roy Hodgson leaving after just six months.

Dalglish could not halt the slide with an inauspicious first defeat at Blackpool nine days ago and goes to Molineux still trying to work out why his team have been so bad on the road.

“It's surprising. The reasons why have yet to be fathomed,” he said.

“It's up to the players to come together and try to turn it around as quickly as we can. It's very unlike Liverpool not to have a good away record. Normally it's excellent. There are some things we've got to put right and that's one of them.”

Another issue to put right is avenging the defeat by Wolves at Anfield last month — one of the worst performances by Liverpool in a long time.

It was the result which signalled the beginning of the end of Hodgson's spell in charge and hastened the return of Dalglish.

Meanwhile Liverpool have announced the creation of a supporters' committee which will have regular dialogue with senior club officials and owners Fenway Sports Group.

A group of 17 democratically-elected fans will be formed by the end of March ahead of their first quarterly meeting in May.

The owners have pledged to be present for at least half of those meetings, representing a significant departure from the tumultuous reign of Tom Hicks and George Gillett who distanced themselves from fans and became figures of hate at Anfield.

Liverpool chairman Tom Werner, who has been on Merseyside this week along with principal owner John Henry, insisted they were keen to bring a sense of harmony back to all levels of the club.

“You cannot proceed without having mutual understanding with players and the fans — they are the bedrock of Liverpool,” said the American.

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