And so we hereby declare, on May 12th 2011, a new start for Liverpool Football Club – heralded by the double signing of Kenneth Dalglish and Steve Clarke – with whom in tandem the future knows no boundaries. Today, with no hyperbole, is one of the most significant days in the history of the club.
I’m pretty sure every red in the land is absolutely bouncing and as ever, the confirmation was delivered in the wry, classy style so endemic of The King. Once announced, Kenny halted the cameras and spoke directly and colloquially with journalists that were at the press conference, mainly local hacks that attend all pressers week-in week-out. Well aware of one or two haughty London journalists that might have made the dash to be at the conference had they known its importance, everything was kept low key – a bit of a reward to those journalists that come every week whether it’s a pre-match Carling Cup presser or big contractual signing.
And full credit to FSG too; some questioned whether they were dragging their heels somewhat but they’ve shown to be meticulous and correct in their approach so far and we doff our cap. They’ve done what we’ve wanted – they’ve snapped Kenny up – and even if they’d done it two months earlier the results on the pitch could hardly have been better. The timing is perfect. Now, we hope to see him backed in the market which we are assured is ensuing. Not with a warchest, not splashing the cash – no, we trust Kenny to acquire the players who WANT to be here playing for him. From free transfers to eight figures – Kenny will get the right bodies in with a mentality to serve the club well going forward, hungry for success.
With the ‘silly season’ looming, it was also crucial to tie Steve Clarke down long-term and that’s another piece of astute business. It’s increasingly likely that Ancelotti will be relieved of his duties in this ludicrously trigger-happy football world we live in, and rumours of Clarke being lured back down south in some capacity were starting to gather pace. The combination of Kenny and Clarke has been incredible from Day 1, galvanising the team to play arguably the best football of any side in the country over the last few months. Now it’s officially over to them to take this into the new season and I for one cannot f*cking wait.
Onwards and upwards, Redmen.