Kenny Dalglish is still on course to make history at Liverpool
Alas in a similar way to how Derby broke records under Paul Jewell
Rafael Benitez’s reply to being linked with the Chelsea job was to preach of his greatness, however a far subtler approach could see him back at Liverpool within months, where his work looks more miraculous with each passing day.
Things have turned so sour under second successor Kenny Dalglish that the Reds are now priced at 10/11 with Ladbrokes to wind up with the lowest (or joint) points total that they have ever “achieved” in a Premier League season.
Liverpool have cobbled together 42 points from their first 31 matches, a whopping three more than Swansea and Norwich, and have only seven fixtures to better their previous worst of 54 from 1998-99. Even that was reached with a +19 goal difference, a far cry from their current +3.
The encounters on the horizon are none too menacing, though expecting a team who have lost six in seven to win over half of their final seven appears a tad optimistic. Worryingly, four of those come at Anfield, and they have collected the same number of home victories as Blackburn.
The good news for schadenfreude fans everywhere is that Dalglish isn’t going anywhere any time soon, assuming the Liverpool board maintain their deference to the unconvincing king.
That’s what his buddy Mark Lawrenson told the BBC anyway. He enlightened: “I don’t think he’d walk away. I don’t believe he’ll be sacked. It’s a poor run, but the new owners are not going to make knee-jerk decisions.”
Because putting someone who hadn’t managed for 11 years in charge, then giving him the job full time just because he was faring slightly better than Roy Hodgson, or spending £35 million on a striker who had started 24 top-flight games were certainly calls afforded much deliberation.