FA Cup success would not have saved Dalglish

Liverpool owner John W Henry has admitted that even if the side had won the FA Cup last term, Kenny Dalglish still would have been sacked.

The Anfield club were beaten by Chelsea in the domestic cup final, and the Scottish boss was dismissed at the end of a substandard season for the Merseysiders.

With Brendan Rodgers now in the club’s hotseat, the American entrepreneur has admitted that Dalglish was doomed due to poor league form.

“The FA Cup would not have made any difference had he won it. No, no,” Henry told Mirror Football.

“For us, we were 17th over the second half of the season and Liverpool should not be in that position.

“The play was lacking – I think it was obvious to every Liverpool fan that something was wrong and something needed to be done in the current circumstances.

“We had a very poor second half to the season.

“I don’t place the blame on Kenny and Steve Clarke. We did not attribute that to Kenny as such, the things he and Steve were doing. I think that you could say the response to Kenny and Steve (from the players) was lacking,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight