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Liverpool FC legend Kenny Dalglish in line for Anfield return

by Richard Buxton. Published Thu 10 Jan 2013 00:00, last updated: 10/01/13

Liverpool are reportedly planning to bring former manager Kenny Dalglish back to the club.

Eight months have elapsed since the Scot was deposed by the Reds, following a second tenure which saw them finish 17 points adrift of Champions League qualification, in favour of Brendan Rodgers.

But owners Fenway Sports Group are said to be considering handing Dalglish, whose stock has not diminished despite the mixed outcome of his managerial return, an ambassadorial role.

The 61-year-old held a similar position when he was originally brought back to Liverpool in the summer of 2009, some 18 years since he first left the club, but assumed control of first team affairs on an interim basis following the departure of Roy Hodgson in January 2011.

Liverpool's turnaround under Dalglish saw the Americans reward his efforts with a three-year contract but last year's inability to meet their expectation of qualifying for Europe's premier club competition proved his undoing, despite reaching two cup finals and winning one of them.

Since his departure, Dalglish has maintained a respectful distance from Anfield, only returning for Liverpool's clash with Manchester United in September as a guest of the Hillsborough Family Support Group following the publication of the independent panel's report into the tragedy.

Rodgers has publicly stated that he is more than happy for Liverpool to accommodate their all-time club legend. In June, he said: "I have the ultimate respect for Kenny Dalglish. My door is always open for Kenny Dalglish. This is his home.

"As the chairman said, he is the heart and soul of this club. His love for this club is unrivalled. He is the best player in the history of this club.

"This is a prestigious club and this is a guy who has a wonderful history here and will continue to have a great future in terms of Liverpool. I can’t worry about that. I can’t say anymore about a man I respect."

Unlike Hodgson's tumultuous and short-lived reign, Dalglish's return would not serve to undermine Rodgers's plans as Liverpool manager but rather strengthen the club's global corporate image.

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"my hero...his story goes on, this role could be just so right for him. what a boost to fans and players...he is lfc" BAZ, DORSET UK around 2 years, 6 months ago

"sir kenny you are the best and gratest,you should not return as matter of principle the manner you were treated" manoj, malaysia around 2 years, 6 months ago

"Kenny is a Legend & will boost morale at Anfield massively. Im a Sheff Wed fan and will always remember the way Kenny dealt with Hillsborouh" APN, Santiago, Chile around 2 years, 6 months ago

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