Kenny Dalglish: Is His Managerial Reign at Liverpool Over?

Michael KohCorrespondent IIIMay 6, 2012

The end for KK?
The end for KK?Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

We've been told a a lot of things this season. 

fight for fourth place. A place in European competition. A domestic double. Confidence. Return to form. Consistency

None of these things have happened for Livepool. The 2011-2012 season has perhaps been the most underwhelming performance the Reds have shown the league since the inception of the Barclays Premier League exactly 20 years ago. 

With two games to go, Liverpool sit uncomfortably at ninth place—as Fulham wins at home against Sunderland.

Somehow the home record is far poorer than our away record, at five wins, nine draws and four losses to eight wins, one draw and nine losses. Anfield is a fortress no more.

Has Anfield become a relic of the past? Have supporters realized the past is history and the present is now? Kenny Dalglish—as great of a player he was, as great of a manager he was at Blackburn—seems to be unable to cope with the demands of contemporary football.

Is Dalglish just another relic that fans hold on to? 

He is struggling to back his British signings up, whereas Newcastle United—who have since bought Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse, both of Senegalese descent—have been far more successful than the English acquisitions that Liverpool have acquired in both summer and January transfer windows.

But this isn't about signings, it's about delivery.

Simply put, Dalglish hasn't delivered the goods on something he was expected to. He stepped into a role which every single Liverpool supporter is scrutinizing and unfortunately for him—and for fans—there has been nothing positive to say about his reign as manager.

Okay, King Kenny is an amicable guy, but friendliness doesn't win matches. At the end of the day, a win matters more than manners in football. He's asked the fans to keep our chins up and hope for a better start tomorrow, but honestly, as fickle fans, we can only take so much. 

One can argue, however, that the Reds won a League Cup. But so what? This is Liverpool.

Liverpool wins trophies. The FA Cup final against Chelsea was just a horrid game to watch. Dalglish is putting too much faith in his youngsters. Jay Spearing? Jordan Henderson? Why in the world were they in the starting XI?

Like I've stated in my previous article, Spearing is just not Liverpool material. Why is Liverpool's form for cup competition better than their league competition? Where is the passion and desire that Andy Carroll delivered in both the Fulham and Chelsea games within the entire Liverpool squad? 

Roy Hodgson was booted just 31 games into the season from the managerial role after an abysmal start (via Dalglish took the helm and steered Liverpool to a sixth place finish. Although he is an inspiring character, Dalglish's abilities as a manager seems to have been all but disappointing. Was it the hype of a former Reds player (355 career appearances, 118 goals) returning to manage the club again since 1985, when he was the player-manager after Joe Fagan's resignation? 

What is it about this season that has made Dalglish and the Reds such an impotent side in league competition?

Dalglish signed a three-year contract with Liverpool, and as much as I hate to admit it, with the fans clamoring for something that seems impossible for the Reds in the next two years, I don't think Kenny will be around for much longer.