Liverpool Football Club rounded off a poor season by losing out to Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday night. And while there has been enough speculation in the media regarding Kenny Dalglish’s future at the club, the Liverpool great reiterated that no decision has been taken yet and that he is going to sit down with the owners at the end of season to discus the same.
The manager spent close to 100 million pounds at the beginning of the season,making notable additions like Stewart Downing, Charlie Adam, Jordan Henderson and Sebastian Coates to the squad. But Liverpool ,currently in the 9th position in the Premier League with two games to go,only managed a Carling Cup beating Cardiff on penalties.
Chairman Tom Werner reiterated last week that the manager has the full confidence and backing of the board but refused to comment on the long term future of Dalglish. The players also seem to be supporting their boss through the low but the man himself refuses to be drawn into any talks regarding the same. He insisted that there are a couple of games left and the club’s season will be assessed once it’s completely over.
“The owners will do the same as us. They will sit and analyse the season at the end of it, when it is finished,” Dalglish said.
“We have got two games left and we will wait and assess everything that contributes to the season after the last games are finished.”
Liverpool have their remaining two games against Chelsea at home and away at Swansea. Both games are going to be tough for Kenny Daligsh’s side whose only motivation now would be to finish above their merseyside rivals Everton who are now on 7th with 53 points having played a game extra. But how would the squad react to their disappointing defeat against Chelsea remains to be seen. The fans are already divided over Dalglish and if they fail to finish above their arch rivals, it may very well spell the end of his managerial reign at Anfield. Dalglish remains candid though when asked if the owners are backing him.
“It doesn’t matter what way you dress it up, you will get the same answer. I cannot be any more honest than that.
“Everybody is going to sit down at the end of the season and assess what has happened. That is what we said before a ball was kicked.”
Dalgish will still have some positives to take out of the Wembley fixture. Andy Carroll’s introduction sparked the side and the result could have been very different had his header punched onto the bar by Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech being given. Although replays showed that the ball did not completely cross the line, Dalglish maintained that he has seen them being given.
“Somebody said the goal could have been given and sometimes they are. But if it has not gone over, the officials deserve a lot of credit for that,” he added.
He also raised pitch for the goal-line technology to be introduced in the game at the earliest. He refuses to believe that it would in any way slow the game down.
“There is no excuse for goal-line technology not to be there, though, and it would be really helpful for referees and linesman. It would not embarrass them in any way, so I cannot understand why it is not there.
“It would be helpful rather than harmful for everybody. The game does not even need to stop. I can carry on and somebody could shout, ‘Goal’ or ‘No goal’.”