Kenny and Henry – Restoring the Liverpool Way
After the arrival of new American owners FSG, fronted by John W Henry and Tom Werner, and Kenny Dalglish’s remarkable homecoming, the club’s fortunes have rapidly changed, with the observance of the Liverpool Way a key factor in the Reds’ recent on-field resurgence and the return of stability to the boardroom.
Football, rather than debt repayment, has become the top priority once again for everyone concerned, with both Henry and Werner stressing the importance of winning trophies for the club’s footballing and commercial development. This change has been reflected in the transfer window, with FSG moving quickly in January to reinvest the considerable sum generated through the sale of Torres and Babel by purchasing the phenomenally talented Suarez and the eminently promising Carroll, as well as pledging further investment in the summer.
A refreshing, logical and traditional desire to keep all important or controversial information private has also returned, as Kenny Dalglish has, in his inimitable style, rebutted journalists who seek to glean headline writing material about either his future or the future of his players.
Crucially, Dalglish has changed our style of play to a free flowing, enterprising brand of football, without eroding the defensive rock upon which every successful side is built. This was demonstrated against Arsenal, where Liverpool’s solid back line was only penetrated during the dying stages of injury time via the penalty spot.
That back four consisted of two teenage full backs in the form of John Flanagan and Jack Robinson. With Flanagan also impressing against Manchester City and Martin Kelly and Jay Spearing featuring regularly for the first team, a clear road through to the first team has been established by Dalglish and FSG, who share the Scot’s vision for the flourishing Academy starlets.
The players’ never-say-die attitude earned the Reds’ a well deserved point from that encounter, as they epitomised the commitment and passion displayed so prominently by Dalglish, who hasn’t been afraid to ship out players who show anything less than the total dedication demanded by the Liverpool Way.
This was most starkly illustrated when Fernando Torres was sold to Chelsea after 18 months of below par performances and questionable commitment. The King’s brave decision has since been proven correct, as Torres has failed to score a goal in 13 games for Abramovich’s Blues while the Spaniard’s replacements have been on top form for Liverpool.
Most importantly Dalglish and FSG have the support of the Kop, who have never deserted the time-honoured principles of the Liverpool Way despite the complete and utter disregard for them both on and off the field in previous seasons. With the owners, the manager and the Kop now adhering to the Liverpool Way that has helped develop the Reds into Britain’s most decorated club, the success we all crave finally appears to be a realistic prospect.
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