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from Reuters Soccer Blog:

Dalglish needs a quick fix to hint at hope for future


Kenny Dalglish may not be a long-term solution as Liverpool manager but his appointment will give hope to disgruntled fans and provide a fillip to the club’s underperforming players.

The Liverpool hero has been thrust back into the limelight after 10 years out of management and will lead the club out at Old Trafford for an FA Cup clash against Manchester United on Sunday after replacing Roy Hodgson at the helm.

Hodgson’s position at the club had become untenable as results began badly and never picked up with the likes of Wolverhampton Wanderers, Stoke City, Blackburn Rovers and Blackpool all inflicting embarrassing defeats.

The fans had turned from silent sceptics to voicing loud concerns from the terraces while some high-profile players looked poor imitations of the ones who took Liverpool to within a whisker of the Premier League title less than two years ago.

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

Hodgson calls for fan support as decisions loom for Henry

SOCCER-ENGLAND/When New England Sports Ventures finally bought Liverpool in October new owner John W Henry did not have to wait long to understand the enormity of the challenge he faces to turn around the fortunes of England’s most successful club.

Just days after the deal was clinched and a wave of optimism swept through Anfield, Liverpool’s inadequacies on the pitch were laid bare in a 2-0 defeat at Merseyside rivals Everton.

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

Mixed reactions for Liverpool fans over possible sale

SOCCER-ENGLAND/Liverpool supporters will be glad to be possibly getting rid of their current U.S. owners but probably did not envisage another set of Americans taking over.

The board of have agreed the sale of the club to New England Sports Ventures (NESV), the owners of Major League Baseball’s Boston Red Sox.

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

Liverpool’s midfield not as much to shout about


SOCCER-EUROPA/In the heady days of Istanbul and Athens when Liverpool fans considered anything less than a trip to the Champions League final a disappointing campaign, the Kop would regularly belt out: "We have the best midfield in the world."

It was the formidable midfield combination of Xabi Alonso, Steven Gerrard and later Javier Mascherano that spurred the Anfield faithful into song.

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

Toothless Liverpool losing touch already

Liverpool's current plight was laid bare on Monday when they were humbled 3-0 by Manchester City -- a result which left Roy Hodgson's side fourth bottom of the Premier League.

After just two games it would be churlish to suggest Liverpool will spend too long down in the bottom half of the table, but the feeling that the 18-times English champions are in danger of losing touch with the top four was inescapable.