Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish says he hopes his former club give manager Jurgen Klopp more time, despite what has been a rather disappointing start to the season so far.
Liverpool find themselves on a run of just one victory in their last seven, sitting seven points behind leaders Manchester City/United – with the Reds facing United this weekend in a must win game.
Klopp’s men are out of the League Cup after a disappointing defeat to Leicester City. and their Champions League campaign has also made a shaky start. Many are already questioning the boss’ credentials, and with the game against bitter rivals Manchester United this weekend, a loss would see Liverpool on the same number of points that prompted the club to sack former boss Brendan Rodgers – something Dalglish hopes that Klopp does not endure.
Dalglish says he sees the progress Klopp is making, and believes the club are on the right track – likening the German boss to that of Sir Alex Ferguson whose United side took years until it was as dominant as history tells.
“I think they have the perfect guy for the football club,” Dalglish told the Liverpool Echo.
“In all the matches I’ve seen this season, they’ve certainly done enough to win. If the players believe in themselves, they will certainly turn it around. There is nothing better than starting that on Saturday.”
“Fergie never did it in the 80s.”
“They allowed him some grace and I am sure they are delighted they did. They never lived to regret it.”
“I think it is society. If you want to know something you go on your phone and type the question and within 30 seconds you have the answer.”
“People are used to the instant answer or solution but it doesn’t work in football. A wee bit of patience doesn’t go amiss for anyone who wants to be successful.”
“If you buy well enough and spend well enough, then you can compete.”
“You don’t have to do it in one transfer window, it may take four or five, but no matter. It took Fergie a long time to do it at Man Utd, so I don’t see what the impatience is about at other places.”