Kenny Dalglish has defended his second spell in charge of the club and said that winning trophies is a better indicator of success than finishing in the top four of the Premier League.
Dalglish made a dramatic return to Anfield in January 2011 after FSG had sacked Roy Hodgson as manager. The Scot was put in charge until the end of the 2010/11 season, but so good was the form shown under him by the team the owners offered him a three year deal to stay on as manager.
The team went on to win the League Cup and almost made it a domestic cup double but were closely beaten 2-1 by Chelsea in the FA Cup final. Dalglish says those trips to Wembley and winning the first silverware in six years for the club were better than claiming a Champions League spot.
“What those boys achieved in 2012 was fantastic. To win the Carling Cup and to get to an FA Cup Final was beyond any expectations.” he told the Mirror.
“People will turn around and say we finished eighth in the league, but how many points would you swap for three Wembley trips (including the FA Cup semi-final win?
“Because of the cup runs, it was probably a reason why the league results were not what we had hoped for, but the lads were fantastic and that can only stand them in good stead.”
The Carling Cup win was not a pretty victory, with Dalglish’s side claiming the trophy on penalties after a scrappy 2-2 draw with the then Championship side – but he says he wouldn’t swap that for fourth place.
“Nowadays it’s also a success to finish in the top four and get into the Champions League.
“It might be more rewarding to qualify in Europe after finishing fourth, but who remembers that game when you finished fourth to get there?
“Winning a cup final against Cardiff at Wembley and walking away with the Carling Cup was a day to remember.”