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King Kenny: I Was Not A Failure

Liverpool legend, Kenny Dalglish, says that his second stint as manager of the club should not be deemed a failure.

To many, Dalglish remains that greatest Liverpool player of all-time. And his first spell as Reds manager- which ended in the aftermath of the Hillsborough tragedy- signalled the peak of the club’s greatest era.

He answered LFC’s desperate call to rescue them from Roy Hodgson’s disastrous reign, but was sacked himself at the end of the 2011/12 campaign, with the Reds mired in the eighth-place on the Premier League log.

During that season however, Liverpool won the Carling Cup- their first trophy in six years- and also narrowly lost to Chelsea in the dying moments of the FA Cup final.

Those two trips to Wembley mitigate the pain of their poor league performance that season, Dalglish insists in hindsight.

"What those boys achieved in 2012 was fantastic. To win the Carling Cup and to get to an FA Cup final was beyond any expectations," Dalglish told the Daily Mirror.

"Liverpool is a massive football club and they had not won anything for six years when I got there, but we won something in our first season.

"People will turn around and say we finished eighth in the league, but how many points would you swap for three Wembley trips? That League Cup was a trophy for Liverpool Football Club. I don’t see that as anything but a positive. It's always pleasant to get a winner's medal.

"It might be more rewarding to qualify in Europe after finishing fourth, but who remembers that game when you finished fourth to get there? Winning a Cup final against Cardiff at Wembley and walking away with the Carling Cup was a day to remember.

"Yes, I would have loved to have finished fourth and I would have loved to have won the Champions League and won the Premier League, but it was never going to be achieved overnight."

Having been replaced by Brendan Rodgers, Dalglish is elated to see the Reds at the top of the Premier League table for now.

And he remains committed to being a part of the club in any capacity.

"I've always said that I'm happy to help Liverpool Football Club in whatever way I can and that hasn't changed in any way, shape or form," he said.

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