Dalglish “has exceeded our expectations” – Henry

Liverpool’s principal owner John W. Henry says he has been impressed by Kenny Dalglish since appointing him as caretaker manager last month.

In an interview with The Guardian newspaper Henry said that Dalglish had exceeded the expectations – and again hinted that Kenny will become a permanent fixture once his current deal ends in May.

“We didn’t know Kenny well prior to him coming aboard as manager,” Henry said. “But he has exceeded our expectations on all fronts. It would be inappropriate to comment publicly on what happens beyond the end of this season.”

Outlining the club’s long-term financial and transfer strategy, Henry explained “We intend to get younger, deeper and play positive football. Adding two top players [Carroll and Suárez] who have just turned 22 and 24 is a good first step.”

Speaking of Andy Carroll’s price and how the deal came about, Henry said the Newcastle front man was their number 1 target for the summer and Torres’ departure led to them opening talks with Newcastle in order to replace the outgoing Spaniard and therefore press ahead with their target of achieving European qualification this season.

Henry discussed the new stadium and provided another hint that redeveloping Anfield will be their decision. “It’s not a coincidence that the last two ownership groups could not get a new stadium built,” he explained. “What they proposed or hoped for just didn’t make any economic sense or they would have been built. A lot of time and effort is being put into study and creatively looking at all options.”

Henry also spoke of his surprise at Chelsea‘s £50m bid for Torres considering they announced losses of £71m that same day, and questioned their commitment to the new Financial Fair Play rules.

  • Full interview at The Guardian