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Liverpool to confirm Kenny Dalglish as full-time manager

By Steven Beacom

Liverpool's resounding victory over Manchester United yesterday has finally persuaded club owner John Henry to give Kenny Dalglish the manager's job on a full-time basis.

The decision to offer Dalglish the post will be cheered by all Liverpool fans, already celebrating a stunning 3-1 victory over their fiercest rivals.

Liverpool outfought, out thought and outclassed title chasing United at Anfield, with Dutchman Dirk Kuyt grabbing a hat-trick to condemn the Red Devils to their second successive Premier League defeat.

They remain top of the table, but are only three points clear of Arsenal, who have a game in hand.

The victory for Liverpool moved them back into sixth and with a strong finish to the season they could put pressure on the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham, who are chasing Champions League places.

It's all a far cry from when Dalglish took over on a caretaker basis from Roy Hodgson in January, when there were genuine concerns that Liverpool could find themselves involved in a relegation battle.

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