Gerrard wants Dalglish to remain


LIVERPOOL, January 18- Steven Gerrard wants Kenny Dalglish's reign as Liverpool manager to go way beyond this season and said Tuesday he would do everything he could to make it happen."I want to do everything in my power to ensure that he (Dalglish) stays here for a long time, beyond the initial six months," Gerrard told the Liverpool FC weekly.

Dalglish played over 500 games for Liverpool between 1977-1990 winning three European Cups and seven league titles. And in six seasons as coach from 1985-1991 the club claimed three league titles.

Dalglish was called in to take temporary charge until the end of the campaign following the departure of Roy Hodgson, who oversaw a disasterous start to the current campaign.

"I won’t lie. When Kenny rang to say he was coming back it was a big lift. I love Kenny as a person and I’ve certainly enjoyed the first few days we’ve had working with him. I can see a positive future for Kenny at the club," said the Liverpool captain.

"I’d love nothing better when the end of the season comes than for us to be on the back of a good run of results that ensures he gets the job full-time.

"That’s my short-term plan, to give everything I’ve got and all my energy to try to make that happen."

Dalglish has so far overseen three games, a draw with Everton on Sunday and defeats by Blackpool in the league and Manchester United in the FA Cup. But Gerrard is convinced Dalglish is the man to turn the club’s fortunes around.

"I think Kenny is the perfect person to get everyone moving in the right direction again. He’s the talisman at this club. His nickname, the King, says it all really. He’s the perfect manager and also the person to bring it all together."

Liverpool are only four points above the relegation zone and face a crucial match at Wolves on Saturday when they will again be without influential midfielder Gerrard, who completes a three-match suspension.